Guidelines for Physical Activity throughout Pregnancy

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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