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Title: Guidelines for physical activity during pregnancy: comparisons from around the world
Authors: Evenson, Kelly R.
Barakat, Ruben
Brown, Wendy J.
Dargent-Molina, Patricia
Haruna, Megumi
Mikkelsen, Ellen M.
Mottola, Michelle F.
Owe, Katrine M.
Rousham, Emily K.
Yeo, SeonAe
Keywords: Guidelines
Leisure activities
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Sage © The Author(s)
Citation: EVENSON, K. ... et al, 2014. Guidelines for physical activity during pregnancy: comparisons from around the world. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 8 (2), pp.102-121.
Abstract: Introduction: Women attain numerous benefits from physical activity during pregnancy. However, due to physical changes that occur during pregnancy, special precautions are also needed. This review summarizes current guidelines for physical activity among pregnant women worldwide. Methods: We searched PubMed (MedLINE) for country-specific governmental and clinical guidelines on physical activity during pregnancy through the year 2012. We cross-referenced with articles referring to guidelines, with only the most recent included. An abstraction form was used to extract key details and summarize. Results: In total, 11 guidelines were identified from nine countries (Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom, United States). Most guidelines supported moderate intensity physical activity during pregnancy (10/11) and indicated specific frequency (10/11) and duration/time (9/11) recommendations. Most guidelines provided advice on initiating an exercise program during pregnancy (10/11). Six guidelines included absolute and relative contraindications to exercise. All guidelines generally ruled-out sports with risks of falls, trauma, or collisions. Six guidelines included indications for stopping exercise during pregnancy. Conclusion: This review contrasted pregnancy-related physical activity guidelines from around the world and will help to inform new guidelines as they are created or updated, and to facilitate the development of a worldwide guideline.
Description: This article was accepted for publication in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1559827613498204
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/1559827613498204
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/12872
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1559827613498204
ISSN: 1559-8276
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)

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