Advocating for adherence to a physical activity regimen during pregnancy

The role of partner support

  • Ashley Joiner George Samford University
  • Mallory Marshall Samford University
  • Lauren Gibbs Samford University
  • Hunter Gibbs Samford University
Keywords: pregnancy; social support; physical activity


The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between support received by pregnant women from their partners and physical activity levels during their pregnancy. 56 pregnant women participated in this study. Women completed a survey detailing demographic information, physical activity levels, and perceived support from their partner, and wore an accelerometer to monitor physical activity for 7-8 days. Participants who reported low overall PA support from their partner were 78% less likely to meet PA recommendations according to self-report, though there was no relationship with step count or rate. Given the findings, education for support networks is recommended.