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.

Author: Michael Dermansky

Michael has now been working in physiotherapy for over 20 years, since graduating from Melbourne University in 1998 and is even more passionate about getting the best outcomes for clients than he was then. Michael is always studying and looking for new and innovative ways to improve the service at MD Health, including and not limited to the ideas from the fitness industry and great customer service companies. In his spare moments, he loves spending time with his two children, Sebastian and Alexander and hopefully taking them skiing more and more often.

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