Exercise Selection and Adaptations During Pregnancy



There are several guidelines supporting the benefits of exercising during pregnancy. Those documents contain very general recommendations on physical activity and exercise during pregnancy, such as general guidelines for health screening and exercise prescription of aerobic exercise and strength training. They also include examples of safe physical activities during pregnancy, such as walking, running, swimming, stationary cycling, low-impact aerobics, modified yoga, and Pilates. However, those guidelines contain little information that exercise professionals could use when programming the contents of targeted exercise classes for pregnant women. This chapter addresses the steps for planning, conducting, and monitoring prenatal exercise classes and explains how to select and adapt the exercises regarding the suggested safe physical activities during pregnancy.


Pregnancy Exercise Physical activity Aerobics Fitness Exercise planning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Tourism and RecreationGdansk University of Physical Education and SportGdańskPoland
  2. 2.Sport Sciences School of Rio MaiorPolytechnic Institute of SantarémRio MaiorPortugal
  3. 3.Laboratory of Biomechanics and Functional Morphology, Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Human Performance, Faculty of Human KineticsUniversity of LisbonCruz Quebrada-DafundoPortugal

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