start of the virtual project “a physically active pregnancy”
During the first quarter of 2020, the project “A physically active pregnancy” began its development, as a result of the Collaboration Agreements between the Polytechnic University of Madrid and different health centers (in the Community of Madrid and in the Basque Country).
The project is coordinated by the AFIPE Research Group of the Faculty of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences (INEF) and will be implemented together with the University Hospitals of Severo Ochoa in Leganés and Puerta de Hierro in Majadahonda and the Zuatzu Clinic in Gipúzkoa. The Gynecology and Obstetrics Services of these centers are the basic pieces of this project and actively participate in all its phases.
The project is based on a Randomized Clinical Trial, the participating pregnant women must receive obstetric-health care in these centers and need to have a medical consent for their integration into the study. The intervention used is an exercise program with a frequency of three days per week, each session is one hour.
The exercise program is designed and developed by professionals in Sports Sciences, the exercises used are based on solid scientific evidence, with attractive and safe activities for all those pregnant women who have obtained the corresponding obstetric permission for their participation in the study. In addition, the supervision and monitoring by the professionals guarantees the personalization and specificity of the proposed exercises with respect to the needs of each pregnant woman, always bearing in mind that the program meets basic design guidelines for the entire pregnant population.
Through this project, it is expected, among other scientific findings, the development of two Doctoral Theses, within the Doctoral Program of the Faculty of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences (INEF).
The pregnant women participating in the study, by means of certain informatic and audiovisual resources, receive detailed information on the structure of the sessions to be carried out at home, as well as constant advice. All of this, in order to get as close as possible to the intervention that they normally receive throughout the practical development of the project, thereby avoiding its interruption and, especially, the risks generated by prolonged physical inactivity.