Physical Activity, Exercise, and Health Promotion for the Pregnant Exerciser and the Pregnant Athlete

  • Mireille van Poppel
  • Katrine Mari Owe
  • Rita Santos-RochaEmail author
  • Hélia Dias


Currently there seems to be a consensus that maintaining light to moderate physical activity during an uncomplicated pregnancy has several benefits for the health of the woman and the fetus. Pregnancy provides good opportunities for promoting women’s health and an active lifestyle. The purpose of this chapter is to provide exercise and healthcare professionals a basic understanding of the importance of an active lifestyle and health promotion and education during the different stages of pregnancy, emphasizing the benefits, the correlates, and the patterns of physical activity during pregnancy. We highlight the importance of healthcare professionals in promoting the benefits of physical activity and advising women on a healthy and active lifestyle during pregnancy, referring them to a prenatal exercise specialist.


Pregnancy Postpartum Health promotion Education for health Physical activity Exercise 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mireille van Poppel
    • 1
  • Katrine Mari Owe
    • 2
  • Rita Santos-Rocha
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  • Hélia Dias
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Institute of Sport ScienceUniversity of GrazGrazAustria
  2. 2.Oslo University Hospital/Norwegian Institute of Public HealthOsloNorway
  3. 3.Sport Sciences School of Rio MaiorPolytechnic Institute of SantarémRio MaiorPortugal
  4. 4.Laboratory of Biomechanics and Functional Morphology, Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Human Performance, Faculty of Human KineticsUniversity of LisbonCruz Quebrada-DafundoPortugal
  5. 5.Health School of SantarémPolytechnic Institute of SantarémSantarémPortugal
  6. 6.Faculty of Medicine, Center for Health Technology and Services ResearchUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal

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