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Examines in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Pushing it up the Agenda: Promoting the Importance of Physical Activity amongst Pregnant Women

  • Open or Close Cotter L1, Smith R1*, Hamish R1 and Mackillop L2

    1Department of Sport and Exercise Medicine, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK

    2Women’s Centre, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK

    *Corresponding author: Ralph Smith, Department of Sport and Exercise Medicine, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Windmill Road, Oxford OX3 7LD

Submission: June 14, 2018; Published: June 19, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/EPMR.2018.01.000523

ISSN: 2637-7934
Volume1 Issue5


Pregnancy provides an exciting opportunity to make positive changes to lifestyle. For many, it may be considered a ‘teachable moment’ where women are advised to consider smoking cessation, adjusting dietary habits and abstinence from alcohol. Regular contact with healthcare professionals (HCP) at this time in a woman’s life offers a unique opportunity to facilitate and consolidate desired behaviour change. Thepromotion of behavioural change such as smoking cessation is widespread in everyday practice amongst midwives. However, despite the overwhelming published evidence that regular moderate intensity physical activity (PA) during pregnancy has a positive impact, this lifestyle advice tends to receive less attention [1-3]. Currently, HCPs lack confidence and clarity to deliver this message. There is a need to educate and ensure that all HCPs caring for pregnant women have the knowledge and self-assurance to promote the importance of PA amongst this group.

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