Exercise During the Childbearing Year
Abstract:Many women wish to continue to pursue an active life-style during pregnancy, while the pregnancy itself may provide the motivation for other more sedentary women to begin an exercise program for the sake of improved health/fitness. Also, female competitive athletes, upon becoming pregnant, may wish to continue sports performance and require careful monitoring to assure maternal-fetal safety. This review is designed to assist the perinatal educator who is in the position to advise the pregnant patient on the risks and benefits of physical activity during the childbearing year and provide suggestions for developing individualized exercise programs.
Document Type: Standard Article
Affiliations: 1: ROGER HAMMER is a professor of exercise science at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. His research interest is in fitness and body composition changes in special populations. 2: JAN PERKINS is an assistant professor of physical therapy at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Her interests are in various topics pertaining to women's health. 3: RICHARD PARR is a professor of exercise science with a research background in obesity and weight control at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
Publication date: January 1, 2000
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