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Our recent BJSM editorial petitioned for ‘a time for action’ regarding physical activity (PA) and pregnancy guidance in the UK.1 We highlighted that despite pregnancy providing a unique opportunity to promote PA behaviour change,2 healthcare professionals (HPs) lack the confidence, knowledge and resources to deliver appropriate PA advice. They feel under-resourced, uncertain regarding safety concerns and inadequately trained.3 Consequently, despite being receptive to PA advice, pregnant women receive inconsistent, vague and conflicting guidance.4 These issues may contribute to reduced levels of PA during pregnancy, leaving few women meeting the recommended activity levels.5
The 2011 UK Chief Medical Officers’ (CMO) PA recommendations led to the development of a series …
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