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Indications to Promote Physical Activity during Pregnancy

Sports Medicine Center, Clinical and Experimental Department, University of Florence-Italy, 50100 Florence, Italy
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J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2017, 2(3), 31;
Received: 3 July 2017 / Revised: 13 August 2017 / Accepted: 14 August 2017 / Published: 14 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tailored Exercise in Patients with Chronic Diseases 2017)
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Reduced physical activity in pregnancy is often associated with a progressive increase of chronic metabolic disease and to an enhanced risk for the child. The majority of women are less physically active during pregnancy, despite the motivation to improve their health, quality of life, and fitness. Education on the benefits of regular physical activity in pregnancy is determinant as suggested by obstetricians and gynecologists. The specific programs need to be supported by specialists in Sports Medicine. Counseling and support by nurses can also be helpful in encouraging women to maintain a sufficient level of physical activity during pregnancy or to modify their lifestyle, adapting the single models and specific physical activity programs to their needs. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity; health; pregnancy; lifestyle; exercise as prescription physical activity; health; pregnancy; lifestyle; exercise as prescription
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Stefani, L.; Mascherini, G.; Galanti, G. Indications to Promote Physical Activity during Pregnancy. J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2017, 2, 31.

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