Debra S. Penney, CNM, MS, MPH, is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Utah, where she practices full scope midwifery.
The Effect of Vigorous Exercise During Pregnancy
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2008 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 53, Issue 2, pages 155–159, March-April 2008
How to Cite
Penney, D. S. (2008), The Effect of Vigorous Exercise During Pregnancy. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 53: 155–159. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2007.12.003
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- body mass index;
- fetal oxygenation;
- fetal heart rate;
- metabolic equivalent tasks;
- serum lactate concentration
Pregnant women without medical or obstetric problems should be encouraged to exercise. The paucity of experimental data on exercise in pregnancy forces recommendations to be drawn from a synthesis of available information. Vigorous exercise during pregnancy seems to pose no adverse maternal or neonatal outcomes. Nonetheless, the safety of vigorous exercise necessitates surveillance of fetal growth, the woman's weight, nutritional intake, and exercise duration and intensity.