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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 3905-3915

Knowledge, attitude, and practices on exercise among pregnant females attending Al-Wazarat Health Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Department of Family and Community Medicine, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, KSA

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Ghadi M Al-Youbi
Department of Family and Community Medicine, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_276_20

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Background: The consequences of physical inactivity during pregnancy are one of the major problems among pregnant women in Saudi. To explore the pattern of exercise and to know the beliefs and reasons for not doing physical activity (PA) emphasized the need for conducting this study. This study aimed to improve the level of knowledge and practice of PA among women during pregnancy. Methods: A cross-sectional study was performed using quota sampling Results: 41.62% of pregnant women had high level of physical activity (PA) awareness and practice and 58.37% had a low level of awareness and practice. Statistical difference was found between the two groups in terms of parity, education level, work status, and family income. Pregnant women preferred walking as exercise. They are aware about PA benefits during pregnancy, but perceived that tiredness was the greatest barrier for physical activity. Conclusion: This study recommends conducting well-designed intervention sessions to promote PA awareness and practice among pregnant women, especially those with low education, low income, and low number of children.

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