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Michelle Mottola, PhD, FACSM

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Obstetrics 2019
  • Country: Canada

Dr. Mottola is a Professor with a Joint Position in the School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences and the Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. She is the Director of the R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation – Exercise and Pregnancy Laboratory (, a Scientist of the Children’s Health Research Institute and a Fellow and a Board of Trustees Member of the American College of Sports Medicine. She is an embryologist and exercise physiologist who has conducted research on the effects of maternal exercise on both the mother and the developing fetus, with follow up into the postpartum period. She is co-lead author on the 2019 Canadian Guideline for Physical Activity throughout Pregnancy which was based on rigorous evaluation of the current scientific literature through 12 systematic reviews published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. She has received over $2.5 million for research on exercise during pregnancy and has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers. Her current research focuses on the impact of a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy on chronic disease risks such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease for both mother and her offspring.

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Exercise During Pregnancy: What Do I Tell My Pregnant Client?
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!
Hours / CE Credits: (details)  |  Categories: Midwifery