Physical activity in pregnancy: practical advice for women who run

Gordon, Clare ORCID: (2019) Physical activity in pregnancy: practical advice for women who run. British Journal of Midwifery, 27 (4). pp. 214-218. ISSN 0969-4900

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Running is a mass participation sport enjoyed by many women who participate across the globe however, there is little guidance regarding their specific needs during and after pregnancy. This paper explores the current guidance regarding physical activity given to the general non-pregnant population and relates it to what is available for women who are pregnant. It also remarks on the contraindications to physical activity during pregnancy. This article includes key information that midwives and women who run should be aware of during pregnancy and the postnatal period. There are several health benefits, metabolic and physiological changes that may be experienced as a result of running and this article also explores a number of initiatives that can be used by midwives to support women in their care who run.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.12968/bjom.2019.27.4.214
Additional Information: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Midwifery, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see
Keywords: Pregnancy; Running; Support networks; Benefits of running; Physiological changes; Contraindications
Subjects: Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health
Medicine and health > Midwifery
Medicine and health > Physiology
Medicine and health > Primary health
Depositing User: Clare Gordon
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2019 15:50
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:59


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