Response Letter to: “Next Steps for Measures of Physical Activity in Pregnancy”
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We thank the authors (L. Chasan-Taber and K. R. Evenson) for their reply to our Current Opinion paper on physical activity measurement in pregnancy and are delighted that it has stimulated academic discussion. Similar to the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report (2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee 2018), the No. 367-2019 Canadian Guideline for Physical Activity throughout Pregnancy by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) endorses an active pregnancy in the absence of contraindications (Mottola et al. 2018). In this guideline, which was supported by extensive systematic reviews of the literature, an active pregnancy was associated with maternal health benefits and fewer newborn complications. These included a reduction in preeclampsia, gestational hypertension, gestational diabetes, depression, operative and instrumental deliveries, urinary incontinence, and excessive gestational weight gain (eGWG). Importantly,...
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