Does exercise prevent pre-eclampsia and it's complications?

From: The Cochrane Collaboration

Journal rating:
rating: 98%
Study Quality:
rating: 100%

Overall Reliability

Article Quality:
rating: 65%
rating: 0%


  • Two trials including 45 women


  • The paper is a systematic review / meta analysis of all relevant trials.
  • This means that the data from all similar trials has been grouped to form an overall outcome.


  • Taken together, the 2 trials are too small for any reliable conclusions about the effects of exercise.
  • The confidence intervals are wide, and cross the no-effect line for all reported outcomes including pre-eclampsia and gestational hypertension.


  • Undecided


Editors Notes

  • Pre-eclampsia is a serious complication of pregnancy occurring in about 2% to 8% of women.
  • It is identified by increased blood pressure and protein in the urine, but women often suffer no symptoms initially. It can, through constriction of the blood vessels in the placenta, interfere with food and oxygen passing to the baby, thus inhibiting the baby’s growth and causing the baby to be born too soon.