Prescribing movement for Pregnancy

Thursday 9th May 14:50 - 15:30

Pregnancy provides an exciting opportunity for lifestyle change with regular health care professional contact. Physical activity provides a range of benefits from reducing the risk of gestational diabetes to improving cardiovascular fitness. The 2017 Chief Medical Officers infographic and FAQ document has started to provided clarity to health care professionals. Yet, much further work is required to disseminate and spread the word amongst this population. Many myths remain about exercising during pregnancy, with a surprising number of people still feeling the need to wag a disapproving finger at mothers-to-be who lace up their trainers and get active.

This session will focus on two areas. Firstly, on the latest evidence related to the common question ‘should women run in pregnancy’ and secondly discusses the lessons learnt from the maternity stream of the PHE Physical Activity Feasibility Pilot aiming to disseminate and integrate physical activity into secondary care services.

Chair

Dr Ralph Smith, Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Speaker

Dr Ralph Smith, Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Professor Andrew Shennan OBE, Professor of Obstetrics at Kings College London