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.
Article source: https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/52/21/1339