Exercise and pregnancy in recreational and elite athletes: 2016/2017 evidence summary from the IOC expert group meeting, Lausanne. Part 5. Recommendations for health professionals and active women

Kari Bø*, Raul Artal, Ruben Barakat, Wendy J. Brown, Gregory A.L. Davies, Michael Dooley, Kelly R. Evenson, Lene A.H. Haakstad, Bengt Kayser, Tarja I. Kinnunen, Karin Larsen, Michelle F. Mottola, Ingrid Nygaard, Mireille Van Poppel, Britt Stuge, Karim M. Khan

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Abstract

Background
This is part 5 in the series of reviews from the IOC expert committee on exercise and pregnancy in recreational and elite athletes. Part 1 focused on the effects of training during pregnancy and on the management of common pregnancy-related complaints that may be experienced by athletes1; part 2 addressed maternal and fetal perinatal outcomes2; part 3 reviewed the implications of pregnancy and childbirth on return to exercise and on common illnesses and complaints in the postpartum period.3 Part 4 provided recommendations for future research based on parts 1 through 3.4 In part 5, we summarise our recommendations for exercise during pregnancy and after childbirth in recreational exercisers and elite athletes experiencing healthy pregnancies. Part 5 also serves as a background for healthcare personnel to advise women who wish to stay active at a high level.

Most of the references to existing research in the respective research areas are listed in the previously published parts1–3 and are not repeated here. The recommendations are divided into exercise during conception planning, exercise during pregnancy, effect of exercise during pregnancy on birth outcomes and exercise after childbirth. The level of evidence supporting the majority of the recommendations is very low or low-to-moderate. Therefore, advice to elite athletes regarding exercise frequency, duration and intensity that is beyond current guidelines must be individualised with regular close observation of maternal and fetal well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1080-1085
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Volume52
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes

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