Pregnancy: Why and how to be active

Thursday 10th May - 13:05-13:45

Being active during pregnancy can lead to many benefits from improved fitness and lower gestational weight gain to a reduced risk of hypertension and gestational diabetes.

Yet there remain so many myths about physical activty 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 explore the latest evidence around the benefits of physical activity in pregnancy – as well as offering guidance on how to be active, safely, during this time.

Chair:
Dr Ralph Smith, Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar at Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Day 2: 13:05-13:45 Evidence

Ralph Smith is a final year specialist registrar in Sport and Exercise Medicine at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford. He obtained a Master of science in Sport Medicine, Exercise and Health from University College London in 2011 and went onto complete his General Practice training in Reading. In 2014, he entered the specialist training programme. He has a range of experience in musculoskeletal medicine, elite sport, population health and exercise medicine.

He has been extensively involved in the formation of the UKs Chief Medical officers commissioned infographic entitled 'Physical Activity for Pregnant Women' from the initial scoping reviews to the final design. The infographic aims to provide clarity and consistency to equip Health Professionals to deliver evidence-based recommendations to enhance antenatal care.


UK guidelines for physical activity and pregnancy

Speaker:
Professor Charlie Foster, Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Public Health at University of Bristol

Clinical implications of physical activity and pregnancy - FAQs

Speaker:
Dr Ralph Smith, Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar at Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust