DTP Blog: Dispelling Myths on Preg­nancy Exer­cise by Ann Cowlin MA CSM CCE, director

At reg­u­lar inter­vals, it becomes nec­es­sary to dis­pel two per­sis­tent myths that are often per­pet­u­ated by well-meaning care providers. Both of them were debunked long ago, in research lit­er­a­ture that is read­ily avail­able and about which I have writ­ten a great deal, includ­ing in my chap­ters on Women and Exer­cise (edi­tions 3 & 4) and Health Pro­mo­tion in Varney’s Mid­wifery (edi­tion 5), in posts on the DTP web­site, on my Twit­ter feed (@anncowlin), on DTP’s Face­book page and in a text­book. The more com­mon myth is that preg­nant women should never let their pulse get over 140 beats per minute. But, more on that one at another time. That was an ACOG guess in 1985 that long ago (1994) was rescinded. The other is that preg­nant women should never begin a new exer­cise reg­i­men, but only mod­ify (i.e., reduce) what they are already doing. What brings me to write this blog… read more...

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