Physical exercise during pregnancy: a systematic review

@article{Nascimento2014PhysicalED,
  title={Physical exercise during pregnancy: a systematic review},
  author={S. Nascimento and F. Surita and J. Cecatti},
  journal={Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology},
  year={2014},
  volume={24},
  pages={387–394}
}
Purpose of review This review aims to provide an update on the recent evidence concerning exercise during pregnancy including effects for mother and fetus and the types, frequency, intensity, duration and rate of progression of exercise performed. Recent findings Exercises during pregnancy are associated with higher cardiorespiratory fitness, prevention of urinary incontinence and low back pain, reduced symptoms of depression, gestational weight gain control, and for cases of gestational… Expand
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