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Exercise Guidelines for Pregnant and Postpartum Women

Pruett, Michele Dell PhD, ATC1; Caputo, Jennifer L PhD, CSCS2

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31821c3261
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Abstract

RECOMMENDATIONS ON EXERCISING DURING PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM HAVE EVOLVED OVER THE PAST DECADES. THIS ARTICLE PROVIDES CURRENT GUIDELINES FOR EXERCISING DURING PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM. BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE PHYSIOLOGICAL CHANGES DURING PREGNANCY IS COVERED, AND THE BENEFITS, CONTRAINDICATIONS, AND BARRIERS TO EXERCISE FOR THIS SPECIAL POPULATION ARE HIGHLIGHTED. FURTHERMORE, RELEVANT RESEARCH PERTAINING TO THE IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE DURING THIS STAGE OF A WOMAN'S LIFE WILL BE EXAMINED. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT EVERY PREGNANT WOMAN BE MEDICALLY PRESCREENED FOR CONTRAINDICATIONS TO EXERCISE AND SHOULD SPEAK TO HER HEALTHCARE PROVIDER BEFORE STARTING OR CONTINUING AN EXERCISE PROGRAM DURING PREGNANCY.

Author Information

1Department of Sports Sciences, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia; and 2Department of Health and Human Performance Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Michele Dell Pruett is currently the undergraduate athletic training clinical coordinator at West Virginia University in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.

Jennifer L. Caputo is an associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Middle Tennessee State University.

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