Atividade física e gestação: saúde da gestante não atleta e crescimento fetal

Revista Brasileira de Saúde Materno Infantil 01/2003; DOI: 10.1590/S1519-38292003000200004
Source: DOAJ

ABSTRACT São reconhecidos os benefícios da prática de atividade física sobre o ciclo vital, sem consenso quanto à gestação. Este artigo reviu considerações e efeitos da prática da atividade física durante a gestação sobre a saúde da gestante não-atleta e o feto. Foram utilizados os bancos de dados Medline e Pubmed referentes ao período 1992-2002. Dentre os benefícios, os artigos destacam: prevenção e redução de lombalgias, de dores das mãos e pés e estresse cardiovascular, fortalecimento da musculatura pélvica, redução de partos prematuros e cesáreas, maior flexibilidade e tolerância à dor, controle do ganho ponderal e elevação da auto-estima da gestante. No feto, observou-se aumento do peso ao nascer e melhoria da condição nutricional. Não se encontraram recomendações de necessidades nutricionais para a gestante não-atleta. Não existiu consenso quanto às necessidades nutricionais e o tipo de atividade física dessa gestante, sendo o exercício na água o mais indicado. Porém destacaram-se diversas contra-indicações da prática de exercícios na gestação. Concluiu-se que a atividade física, sendo regular, moderada e controlada desde o início da gestação, promove benefícios para a saúde materna e fetal.

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