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The Elite Athlete and Strenuous Exercise in Pregnancy

PIVARNIK, JAMES M. PhD; SZYMANSKI, LINDA M. MD, PhD; CONWAY, MICHELLE R. MS

Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: September 2016 - Volume 59 - Issue 3 - p 613–619
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0000000000000222
Clinical Updates in Women's Health Care

Highly trained women continue to exercise during pregnancy, but there is little information available to guide them, and their health care providers, in how to maximize performance without jeopardizing the maternal-fetal unit. Available evidence focusing on average women who perform regular vigorous exercise suggests that this activity is helpful in preventing several maladies of pregnancy, with little to no evidence of harm. However, some studies have shown that there may be a limit to how intense an elite performer should exercise during pregnancy. Health care providers should monitor these women athletes carefully, to build trust and understanding.

Departments of *Kinesiology and Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Kinesiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.

Correspondence: James M. Pivarnik, PhD, Department of Kinesiology and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Michigan State University, 308 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824. E-mail: jimpiv@msu.edu

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