2019 Canadian Guideline for Physical Activity Throughout Pregnancy: Methodology
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada
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In the last decade, an abundance of new research from Canada and internationally has provided substantial evidence for the efficacy of exercise in preventing pregnancy complications and improving long-term maternal and fetal outcomes. Indeed, guidelines for exercise during pregnancy are available from several countries. This includes the expert consensus-based 2003 Joint SOGC and Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Clinical Practice Guidelines: Exercise in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period. With the plethora of new scientific evidence, it was vital to re-examine the literature by using the rigorous process followed by previous Canadian health behaviour guidelines.The purpose of this document is to outline the process and outcomes for the re-development of the 2019 Canadian Guideline for Physical Activity Throughout Pregnancy, herein referred to as the Guidelines. The target users for these Guidelines are obstetric care providers, policymakers, and exercise professionals who provide guidance for pregnant women regarding prenatal physical activity.