The research group AFIPE (INEF-UPM) maintains the project “A physically active pregnancy” by a virtual way, to avoid the adverse effects of inactivity in pregnant women and their future children.
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Hospital Severo Ochoa de Leganés are currently developing the project “A physically active pregnancy”, aimed at demonstrating the benefits of a moderate and supervised physical exercise program on the quality of life of pregnant women, as well as on certain maternal, fetal and newborn parameters.
Through this project, it is expected, among other scientific findings, the development of two Doctoral Theses, into the Doctoral Program of the Faculty of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences (INEF).
The current state of alert has forced to temporarily suspend the three weekly sessions of physical exercise scheduled, however, the project continues virtually, this thanks to the work of the two doctoral students in charge of the exercise program.
In this way, pregnant women participating in the study, through computer and audiovisual resources, receive detailed information on the structure of the sessions to be carried out at home, as well as constant advice. All this in order to get as close as possible to the intervention they normally receive throughout the usual practical development of the project, avoiding its interruption and, especially, the risks generated by prolonged physical inactivity.
Two doctoral students of the UPM (Cristina Silva Jose and Miguel Sanchez Polán) are in charge of both the pregnant women who were included in the project at the start of the alert state, and those pregnant women who attend their first prenatal consultation at the Hospital Severo Ochoa de Leganés have all the information and resources necessary to start a physically active pregnancy.
According to Ruben Barakat, director of the study, there is a lot of scientific evidence that warns of the risks generated by physical inactivity during pregnancy into the quality of life of pregnant women, as well as on different maternal and fetal parameters. This is beyond physical or physiological factors, it is even about avoiding the risks that lack of movement can cause on psychological and emotional factors that undoubtedly, have negative effects on the mother and her future child. We cannot allow this complex new alert situation to become a catalyst for this dreaded and dangerous inactivity.
In this sense, this state of alert is a real challenge for the university community (professors, researchers, students), we must be able to create instruments and mechanisms that allow us to continue our teaching and research work and at the same time being able to develop a social and health assignment of urgent need and demand.