South African Sports Medicine Association Position Statement on Exercise in Pregnancy

  • E Barsky
  • T Smith
  • J Patricios
  • R Collins
  • A Branfield
  • M Ramagole


There are many concerns about exercise during pregnancy, with medical advice historically dissuading women from continuing or initiating regular exercise programmes. However, research has shown that high levels of exercise are not associated with an increased incidence of negative events.
Currently, many women of childbearing age wish to continue with their exercise programmes during pregnancy. Appropriate guidance and exercise counselling by the attending care provider can fulfil this need. This position statement aims to assist pregnant women and their care providers in assessing the merits and benefits of improving and maintaining fitness during this period.

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