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Exercise During Pregnancy: What Do I Tell My Pregnant Client?

by Michelle Mottola, PhD, FACSM
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CME
  • Handout: No

The importance of physical activity among women of childbearing age will be discussed as physical inactivity during pregnancy and postpartum may be one potential pathway for disease development by excessive pregnancy weight gain and postpartum weight retention. The robust link between the fetal environment and the long-term influence on health and future chronic disease in the offspring will be characterized by discussion of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD). With this background, participants will be able to promote a healthy lifestyle for their clients by understanding the benefits of physical activity for pregnant women and to help women exercise safely and be more active by using the new 2019 Canadian Guideline for Physical Activity throughout Pregnancy ( and the PARmed-X for Pregnancy; ( The PARmed-X for pregnancy is a tool for medical screening before beginning or continuing an exercise program. Educating pregnant women and providing them with healthy lifestyle information and health promotion may help reduce the risk of chronic disease for both mom and baby. Healthy moms = healthy babies!

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Define factors during pregnancy that influence future disease risk in mother and infant;

Objective 2: Describe benefits of being physically active throughout pregnancy;

Objective 3: Describe medical screening and physical activity prescription for exercise during pregnancy;

Objective 4: Apply this knowledge to promote a healthy lifestyle to reduce disease risk for mother, family and community.

Categories: Midwifery