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Active Lifestyles and Pregnancy: Tips from the Experts

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

A free seminar designed to help women safely maintain an active lifestyle throughout pregnancy and the post-partum period will be held at 6:30 Monday, Dec. 12 at the Greece office of University Sports Medicine. 

According to Shannon Smith, P.T., recent studies show exercise rates among pregnant women falling, despite the many benefits it can bring to both mothers and their babies.

“Exercising during and after pregnancy is helpful in decreasing severity of common pregnancy complaints such as low back pain and fatigue,” Smith said. “The key is to know what types of exercises are safe to perform during the course of a pregnancy.”

The one-hour seminar will highlight published guidelines for exercising during pregnancy, followed by an interactive demonstration of exercises to encourage pelvic stability and control, as well as a review of ideas for positioning to help control low back pain. Participants are asked to dress comfortably, and to bring a physioball if they have one. 

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends that pregnant women who do not have any medical or obstetric complications should participate in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week, the same level recommended for all individuals.

A study published in the October 2005 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise showed that only one of every six pregnant women met the national guidelines for moderate activity, compared to one of every four non-pregnant women.  Moreover, the rate of pregnant women exercising is decreasing. In 1994, for example, 20 percent of pregnant women reported participating in moderate physical activity, compared with just 16 percent in 2000.  

Women are encouraged to register for the free seminar by calling 225-6296.  University Sports Medicine is located at 120 Erie Canal Drive in Greece.

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