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Pregnancy in Sports, Sports Medicine

David E. Olson, MD, CAQSM, FACSM, Priya Nagarajan, DO and Mark L. Nelson, MD Reviewed 04/2019


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) 2002 recommendations for exercise in pregnancy: 
  • Women without contraindications should and can safely participate in aerobic and stren...


Specific sport recommendations include 12
  • Stationary upright cycling is recommended by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) and American College of Sports Medi...


Committee on Obstetric Practice. ACOG committee opinion. Exercise during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Number 267, January 2002. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists....


  • Cunningham FG, Gant NF, Leveno KJ, eds., et al. Williams Obstetrics. 21st ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2001:109–195.

  • Drinkwater B, Artal R. Heat stress and pregnancy. In: Mittlem...


  • Positive effects of exercise during pregnancy include potential risk reduction for development of GDM, pregnancy-induced HTN, and preeclampsia; also, a decrease in postpartum depressio...

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