Physical activity is a critical component of achieving a healthy pregnancy according to a new joint Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) and Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) evidence-based pregnancy & physical activity guideline. Following the guideline can reduce the risk of pregnancy-related illness such as depression by at least 25 percent, and the risk of developing gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and preeclampsia by 40 percent.
â€śTo develop the recommendations in this guideline, a pan-Canadian consensus panel reviewed over 25,000 studies examining the impact of prenatal exercise on maternal/fetal health outcomes,â€ť says Margie Davenport, guidelines co-lead author and chair, associate professor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation. â€śThe evidence demonstrated the health benefits and safety of being physically active throughout pregnancy for both mother and baby.â€ť
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