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Community-based exercise interventions during pregnancy are perceived as a satisfactory and motivating form of exercise engagement
  1. Lizzie Ette
  1. Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull, Hull, United Kingdom
  1. Correspondence to Dr Lizzie Ette, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull HU6 7RX, UK; j.ette{at}

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Commentary on: Haakstad, LA. et al. Evaluation of implementing a community-based intervention during pregnancy. Midwifery 2017; 46:45-51

Implications for practice and research

  • Community-based exercise groups are perceived by pregnant women as a satisfactory and motivating form of exercise engagement.

  • Attendance appears to enhance maintenance and/or an increase in antenatal physical activity levels.

  • Exploration of how best to implement this activity on a broader scale would be beneficial.


Undertaking the appropriate level of exercise in pregnancy is a highly desirable lifestyle choice and continues to be a heavily researched area of maternal and child health. Studies exploring benefits of antenatal exercise are numerous, with several having focused on the provision and acceptability of exercise classes. Other approaches have also been explored, such as cognitive–behavioural lifestyle interventions1 and behaviour change interventions,2 as well as those with a dietary and nutritional focus.3 …

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