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Exercise beneficial for pregnant women.

Pregnant women should consider regular exercise to reduce the risk of gestational hypertension, which can cause serious health risks for women and their fetuses.

The U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force issued the new recommendation in May based on evidence from 17 studies on the effectiveness of exercise programs in preventing gestational hypertension, defined as the onset of high blood pressure during pregnancy. According to the task force, exercise programs that help prevent the condition engage women in regular exercise from before their 16th week of pregnancy through birth.

Exercise programs should include supervised exercise classes that meet at least three times per week and include 30 to 60 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, or regular moderate-intensity walking sessions that total 90 to 150 minutes per week or 11,000 steps per day.

Recommended exercise programs can also include supervised resistance training as well as education or encouragement on physical activity, nutrition and weight management. The task force noted that additional benefits of such exercise during pregnancy may include reductions in health care utilization and enhanced social support for pregnant women.

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Pregnant women who regularly exercise reduce their risk of gestational hypertension, which can cause serious health risks to women and their fetuses, said a recommendation issued in May by the U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force.

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Title Annotation:NATION IN BRIEF
Author:Krisberg, Kim
Publication:The Nation's Health
Date:Aug 1, 2019
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