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Infographic. Prenatal physical activity: baby steps for better health
  1. Margie H Davenport1,
  2. Trevor Horbachewsky2,
  3. Michael Brown2,
  4. Nicole Graham3,
  5. Jocelyn Love3,
  6. Michelle Mottola4,
  7. Stephanie-May Ruchat5
  1. 1 Program for Pregnancy and Postpartum Health, Physical Activity and Diabetes Laboratory, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation, Women and Children’s Health Research Institute, Alberta Diabetes Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  2. 2 University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  3. 3 Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  4. 4 R Samuel McLaughlin Foundation- Exercise and Pregnancy Laboratory, School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Children’s Health Research Institute, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
  5. 5 Department of Human Kinetics, Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Margie H Davenport, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton T6G2E1, Canada; mdavenpo{at}

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The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada/Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology 2019 Canadian guideline for physical activity throughout pregnancy provides evidence-based recommendations for pregnant women to optimise maternal/fetal health.1–4 It was developed by a pan-Canadian panel of clinicians, exercise professionals, researchers and methodologists following rigorous, gold-standard methodology for guideline development (Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation II instrument) and Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation system. The recommendations within this document are based on an exhaustive review of the literature distilled into 12 systematic reviews examining the influence of physical activity during pregnancy …

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  • Contributors MHD, MB, NG and JL conceived the project. TH developed the infographic. MHD, MM and S-MR developed the content. S-MR conducted the translation into French.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.