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Exercise in pregnancy

Exercise in pregnancy

Pregnancy is hardly an uncommon condition in women, so what are the ins and out of exercise during those nine months? Harriet Vickers (BMJ’s assistant multimedia producer) talks to Bronwyn Bell (consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist) about the benefits and risks of physical activity from conception to postpartum, and how to look after women at different levels of fitness.0:00 Conception: Getting in shape before becoming a mum and optimising your chances of conception2:16 BMI and pregnancy2:40 Benefits of exercise during pregnancy4:00 Does exercise put the fetus at risk? The role of core temperature.5:40 Contact sports and preventing injury during pregnancy6:00 Absolute contraindications to exercise during pregnancy8:34 Physiological changes - energy balance and body changes11:30 Case management - initiating an exercise program in the unfit and newly pregnant woman12:50 Case management - advising the regularly exercising woman to exercise. The ‘talk rule’ and heart rate as guides.15