Year

2017

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Centre of Human and Applied Physiology

Abstract

Introduction: Pregnancy is a state of naturally occurring insulin resistance; with hyperglycaemia being associated with maternal and foetal risk for adverse outcomes. For women with a healthy pregnancy, Australian guidelines recommend regular moderate intensity exercise. However, many pregnant women report significant barriers for regular exercise participation, including misconceptions with respect to the safety of engaging in moderate and higher intensities of exercise. Interval exercise at high intensity is efficacious for glycaemic control in people with metabolic conditions such as type 2 diabetes. Yet in pregnancy, the effectiveness of a bout of interval (discontinuous) exercise on enhancing daily glycaemic control has not yet been investigated.

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