Exercise prescription and pregnancy

Claudia C. Gonzalez, Elvis Álvarez Carnero, Jacaly J. Robert-McComb

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Sports and physical activity participation are an increasingly widespread habit among women of reproductive age. It is interesting that a pregnant woman has the opportunity to continue her exercise program without having to postpone it until after the puerperium. The knowledge about physiological adaptations either pregnancy or exercise must be the cornerstone which drive the exercise prescription on this specific population. Before implementing an exercise program, physical activity professionals need a deep knowledge about the physiological changes and the effects of exercise during the pregnancy either for women and fetus. This chapter focuses mainly on the effects of physical activity in pregnancy which would promote positive adaptations without increasing the risk of mother and the fetus. Additionally, we offer a review of the main exercise prescription guidelines from the most important institutions in physical activity area. Finally, practical ideas for exercises are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Active Female
Subtitle of host publicationHealth Issues Throughout the Lifespan, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781461488842
ISBN (Print)9781461488835
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Exercise guidelines during pregnancy
  • Exercising during pregnancy
  • Gravid women


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