Cardiovascular Exercise During Pregnancy

I was recently asked by one of my pregnant clients if it is detrimental to NOT exercise during pregnancy. I am well versed in the positive effects of exercise during pregnancy but was unsure if there are adverse consequences associated with non-exercising.

The current guideline put forth by The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) states that active women should continue to exercise throughout pregnancy.  Inactive women or non-exercisers should commence exercise in the second trimester at a dosage of 30 minutes of moderate exercise 3-4 x/week.

Exercising during pregnancy has a multitude of benefits including:

  • Maintaining a health weight gain during pregnancy. The recommended weight gain during pregnancy varies according to you ore-pregnancy weight.  If you would like more information on this topic you can contact me directly.
  • Maintaining healthy glucose control/decreasing the risk of gestational diabetes which has numerous risks for mom and baby
  • Increasing energy levels/decreasing pregnancy related fatigue
  • Stabilizing mood, some research suggests that exercise during pregnancy lowers the risk of post-partum depression.

In summary – exercise is recommended but not absolutely necessary during pregnancy. Pregnant women can maintain a healthy weight via dietary factors as well.

If you want more information on how to commence a prenatal or postnatal exercise program – or even pre-conception in order to carry a fitness level through your pregnancy, please contact me. You can book an appointment directly at 416-423-1862.

Alicia Hagedorn B.Sc.P.T., M.CL. Sc. (Ortho)