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Are 12 systematic reviews on exercise in pregnancy too many? Not for 125 million women who are pregnant every year: Kudos Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) and Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP)
  1. Karim M Khan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Karim M Khan, Department of Family Practice, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z4, Canada; karim.khan{at}

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There are about 125 million pregnancies a year. Exercise may be one of the most important health-promoting behaviours a woman can undertake before and during pregnancy, yet there are many questions around exercise and pregnancy. Can exercise early in a pregnancy lead to miscarriage? Does exercise lead to a tight pelvic floor and thus obstruct the baby’s passage in vaginal delivery? When can I return to being physically active? Is it normal to be incontinent after childbirth and do I need to take steps to address it or will I regain normal micturition without help? When can I have sex? …

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