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Exercise Do's & Don'ts During Pregnancy for the Healthcare Provider Handout

Exercise Do's & Don'ts During Pregnancy for the Healthcare Provider Handout

Exercise during pregnancy is generally safe and beneficial. Providers should be aware of contraindications and precautions when recommending exercise. If concerns arise, please consult the patient's obstetric provider for clarity and continuity of care. Download this handout developed by the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy's Pregnancy & Postpartum Special Interest Group

It includes:

  • Recommendations for Exercise During Pregnancy
  • Resolving Misconceptions About Exercise During Pregnancy
  • Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy (Benefits for the Mother, Benefits for the Baby)
  • Special Considerations Warranting Referral to a Pelvic Floor Specialist
  • References

Disclaimer: There is limited evidence with regards to specific aerobic and strength training exercise prescription for pregnant individuals. The information presented in this handout is based upon the most recent available evidence. When prescribing exercise to a pregnant individual, clinicians should inquire about prior exercise training, monitor for adverse side effects (see “Warning Signs to Stop Exercise” above), and consult with the obstetric provider if any relative contraindications are present.

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