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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31821c3261
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Exercise Guidelines for Pregnant and Postpartum Women

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

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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.

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