Healthy Lifestyle for Pregnant and Postpartum Women

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Women's Health Care".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2025 | Viewed by 169

Special Issue Editors

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ESDRM-IPSANTARÉM Sport Sciences School of Rio Maior, Santarém Polytechnic University, 2001-904 Rio Maior, Portugal
Interests: impact of exercise programs on health, fitness, functionality, and quality of life; during pregnancy and postpartum; biomechanics of exercise and gait; physical activity and health promotion; women's active and healthy lifestyle; e-health
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Department of Kinesiology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27834, USA
Interests: exercise during pregnancy; body composition; oral health measures for the baby before and after birth; improving the overall health of women and children

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

An adequate, healthy and active maternal lifestyle during pregnancy and postpartum is a multigenerational public health issue. Growing evidence has been supporting the benefits of physical activity and other lifestyle factors on the health of the woman, the pregnancy, fetus, birth, and both mother and baby across the lifespan. On the contrary, women’s exposure to excessive sedentary and unhealthy behaviors such as inadequate gestational weight gain, lack of sleep or poor nutrition during and after pregnancy can affect their mental and physical health, attitudes toward food and physical activity, and healthcare-seeking behaviors. 

The guidelines for physical activity during pregnancy and postpartum have been updated in the last six years; however, most of them lack specific content covering the postpartum period, namely, the so-called fourth trimester.

Therefore, highlighting the features, outputs and outcomes of effective multidimensional interventions focused on maternal health and active lifestyles is of utmost importance. Reviews and study protocols are also welcome. This Special Issue welcomes quantitative and qualitative research from around the globe from various disciplines, including obstetrics, gynecology, midwifery, sports medicine, exercise and sports sciences, nutrition, pedagogy, sociology and psychology.

This collection supports research related to SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being, SDG 4: Education, and SDG 5: Gender Equality.

Prof. Dr. Rita Santos-Rocha
Dr. Linda E. May
Guest Editors

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  • pregnancy
  • postpartum
  • women health
  • midwifery
  • lifestyle
  • health promotion
  • exercise

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