There are many concerns about exercise during pregnancy, with
medical advice historically dissuading women from continuing
or initiating regular exercise programmes. However, research
has shown that high levels of exercise are not associated with an
increased incidence of negative events.
Currently, many women of childbearing age wish to continue
with their exercise programmes during pregnancy. Appropriate
guidance and exercise counselling by the attending care provider
can fulfil this need. This position statement aims to assist pregnant
women and their care providers in assessing the merits and benefits
of improving and maintaining fitness during this period.