Updated CMO pregnancy and post pregnancy guidelines: supporting pregnant women and new mums to be more active

Thursday 18th June 15:50 - 16:30

Despite established physical and mental benefits for both mum and baby, it is reported that less than 15% of pregnant women achieve recommended levels of physical activity. Research shows that physical activity levels decrease as pregnancy progresses, and afterwards rarely return to pre-pregnancy levels. Pregnant women and new mums are often unsure where to find trusted information leaving many women asking whether it’s safe to be physical active during this time.

This session will firstly outline the new Chief Medical Officers (CMO) guidelines for physical activity both during and after pregnancy. The session will then showcase how these are being used to underpin a large-scale project led by ukactive to upskill health professionals and empower pregnant women and new mums. Lastly, the Active Pregnancy Foundation will be introduced which seeks to support the leisure, fitness and sport sectors to achieve the same goal of empowering women to make informed physical activity choices during the perinatal period.


Dr Hayley Mills, Director at Perinatal Physical Activity Research Group and Canterbury Christ Church University

Updated CMO pregnancy and postnatal physical activity guidelines
Case study: ukactive - 'This Mum Moves' -building on and delivering the guidelines in practice


Dr Marlize De Vivo, Senior Research Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University

Case study: Active Pregnancy Foundation -supporting leisure, sport and fitness industries


Sally Kettle, CEO & Co-Founder at Active Pregnancy Foundation