2019 Canadian Guideline for Physical Activity Throughout Pregnancy

New recommendations for physical activity throughout pregnancy have been published in a Joint SOGC/CSEP Clinical Practice Guidelines.

1. All women without contraindication should be physically active throughout pregnancy.

2. Pregnant women should accumulate at least 150 min of moderate-intensity physical activity each week to achieve clinically meaningful health benefits and reductions in pregnancy complications.

3. Physical activity should be accumulated over a minimum of 3 days per week; however, being active every day is encouraged.

4. Pregnant women should incorporate a variety of aerobic and resistance training activities to achieve greater benefits. Adding yoga and/or gentle stretching may also be beneficial.

5. Pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) (eg, Kegel exercises) may be performed on a daily basis to reduce the risk of urinary incontinence. Instruction on the proper technique is recommended to obtain optimal benefits.

6. Pregnant women who experience light-headedness, nausea or feel unwell when they exercise flat on their back should modify their exercise position to avoid the supine position.

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