n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Perceptions of women regarding physical activity during pregnancy and post-natal period at rural village in Vhembe district of Limpopo Province, South Africa

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Childbirth exercises are part of parenthood preparation which do not only focus on the physical fitness of expecting and post delivered mothers, but also on maintaining fetal wellbeing, as well as preventing future gynaecological and orthopaedic problems. The purpose of this study was to assess the perceptions of women regarding physical activity during childbirth period at a rural village in Vhembe district. A quantitative cross-sectional descriptive research design was used for this study. The study population consisted of 100 participants. The probability, simple random sampling was used to sample 59 women pregnant from 2nd trimester and 41 post delivered mothers from 0-6 months to participate in the study. Data were collected by administering structured questionnaires which included questions on the biographic information, knowledge on the type, benefits, complications and practising of antenatal and postnatal exercises. Participants had variable perceptions on knowledge regarding the types, benefit, complications and performance of exercises. Physical activity during pregnancy has being found to be beneficial to both mother and her unborn baby. The promotion of safe effective physical activity should be emphasised when delivering health education during antenatal care at Primary Health Care.

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