Guidelines for Physical Activity throughout Pregnancy

2018
Guidelines Consensus Panel, Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada’s (SOGC) Maternal Fetal Medicine and Guideline Management and Oversight Committees

These Guidelines provide evidence-based recom-mendations regarding physical activity throughout pregnancy in the promotion of maternal, fetal and neonatal health. In the absence of contraindica-tions (see below for a detailed list), following these Guidelines is associated with (1) fewer newborn complications (ie, large for gestational age) and (2) maternal health benefits (ie, decreased risk of pre-eclampsia, gestational hypertension, gesta-tional diabetes, caesarean section, instrumental delivery, urinary incontinence, excessive gesta-tional weight gain and depression; improved blood glucose; decreased total gestational weight gain; and decreased severity of depressive symptoms and lumbopelvic pain).

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