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Guidelines for physical activity during pregnancy: comparisons from around the world

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posted on 01.08.2013, 08:45 by Kelly R. Evenson, Ruben Barakat, Wendy J. Brown, Patricia Dargent-Molina, Megumi Haruna, Ellen M. Mikkelsen, Michelle F. Mottola, Katrine M. Owe, Emily Rousham, SeonAe Yeo
Introduction: Women attain numerous benefits from physical activity during pregnancy. However, due to physical changes that occur during pregnancy, special precautions are also needed. This review summarizes current guidelines for physical activity among pregnant women worldwide. Methods: We searched PubMed (MedLINE) for country-specific governmental and clinical guidelines on physical activity during pregnancy through the year 2012. We cross-referenced with articles referring to guidelines, with only the most recent included. An abstraction form was used to extract key details and summarize. Results: In total, 11 guidelines were identified from nine countries (Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom, United States). Most guidelines supported moderate intensity physical activity during pregnancy (10/11) and indicated specific frequency (10/11) and duration/time (9/11) recommendations. Most guidelines provided advice on initiating an exercise program during pregnancy (10/11). Six guidelines included absolute and relative contraindications to exercise. All guidelines generally ruled-out sports with risks of falls, trauma, or collisions. Six guidelines included indications for stopping exercise during pregnancy. Conclusion: This review contrasted pregnancy-related physical activity guidelines from around the world and will help to inform new guidelines as they are created or updated, and to facilitate the development of a worldwide guideline.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Citation

EVENSON, K. ... et al, 2014. Guidelines for physical activity during pregnancy: comparisons from around the world. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 8 (2), pp.102-121.

Publisher

Sage © The Author(s)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2014

Notes

This article was accepted for publication in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1559827613498204

ISSN

1559-8276

eISSN

1559-8284

Language

en

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Loughborough Publications

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