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Table 1 Characteristics of non-pregnant and pregnanta womenb

From: MET-values of standardised activities in relation to body fat: studies in pregnant and non-pregnant women

  Non-pregnant (n = 22) Pregnanta (n = 22)
Age (years)c 35 ± 7 (20–45) 32 ± 4 (24–41)
Body weight (kg)d 67.2 ± 13.3 (47.1–101.6) 74.2 ± 8.8 (52.4–91.2)
Height (m)c 1.69 ± 0.06 (1.55–1.81) 1.67 ± 0.06 (1.59–1.83)
Prepregnancy body weight (kg) 66 ± 9 (47–85)
Non-pregnant BMI (kg/m2)d 23.4 ± 4.0e (17.7–33.6)e 24 ± 3f (18–32)f
Total body fat (%) 29.8 ± 7.7 (12.2–43.8) 32.1 ± 5.4 (19.9–40.7)
Occupationg
 Office work 10 (45) 11 (50)
 Nursing 5 (23) 4 (18)
 Child care 4 (18) 4 (18)
 Other 3 (14) 3 (14)
Regular physical activityg
 Never 5 (23) 4 (18)
 1–2 times a week 5 (23) 7 (32)
 >  2 times a week 12 (55) 11 (50)
  1. a In gestational week 32; b Values are means ± standard deviations and (ranges) for continuous variables and n (%) for categorical variables; c Pregnant and non-pregnant women are not significantly different (p > 0.05) by independent t-test; d Values of non-pregnant women are not significantly different (p > 0.05) from prepregnancy values of pregnant women by independent t-test; e In the non-pregnant group four (18%) of the women were overweight (BMI = 25–29.9) and two (9%) were obese (BMI ≥ 30); f Based on pre-pregnant values, five women (23%) were overweight (BMI = 25–29.9) and one (5%) was obese (BMI ≥ 30); g In the pregnant group the figures refer to the situation before pregnancy