The benefits of exercise in pregnancy far outweighs the risks.

But how much exercise is best? What types of exercises should a woman do during pregnancy?

The latest research on this subject out of Canada outlines the latest pregnancy exercise guidelines. The main points are as follows:

  • Pregnant women should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week to achieve clinically meaningful reductions in pregnancy complications.
  • Physical activity should be accumulated over a minimum of 3 days per week; however, being active every day is encouraged.
  • Pregnant women should incorporate a variety of aerobic exercise and resistance training activities to achieve greater benefits. Strong recommendation, high-quality evidence.
  • Pelvic Floor exercises may be performed on a daily basis to reduce the odds of urinary incontinence. Instruction on the proper technique is recommended to obtain optimal benefits.

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2019 Canadian guideline for physical activity throughout pregnancy

Guidance for pregnant women and obstetric care and exercise professionals on prenatal physical activity.

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