Exercise and Sporting Activity During Pregnancy

Evidence-Based Guidelines

  • Rita Santos-Rocha

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Mireille van Poppel, Katrine Mari Owe, Rita Santos-Rocha, Hélia Dias
    Pages 1-17
  3. Nuno M. Pimenta, Mireille van Poppel
    Pages 57-93
  4. Rita Santos-Rocha, Marco Branco, Liliana Aguiar, Filomena Vieira, António Prieto Veloso
    Pages 95-134
  5. Anna Szumilewicz, Aneta Worska, Rita Santos-Rocha, Miguel Ángel Oviedo-Caro
    Pages 157-181
  6. Rita Santos-Rocha, Isabel Corrales Gutiérrez, Anna Szumilewicz, Simona Pajaujiene
    Pages 183-230
  7. Anna Szumilewicz, Rita Santos-Rocha
    Pages 231-308
  8. Augusto Gil Pascoal, Britt Stuge, Patrícia Mota, Gunvor Hilde, Kari Bø
    Pages 309-326
  9. Maria-Raquel G. Silva, Belén Rodriguez Doñate, Karen Nathaly Che Carballo
    Pages 327-345

About this book


This clinically and practice oriented, multidisciplinary book is intended to fill the gap between evidence-based knowledge on the benefits of physical activity and exercise during pregnancy and the implementation of exercise programmes and related health promotion measures in pregnant women. It will provide medical, sports, and fitness professionals both with the knowledge needed to allay undue fears regarding the consequences of exercising during pregnancy and with the practical expertise to offer optimal guidance on exercising to pregnant exercisers and athletes. 

Readers will find up-to-date evidence on the psychological, social, physiological, body composition, musculoskeletal, and biomechanical changes that occur during pregnancy and their implications for physical activity and exercise. Detailed descriptions are provided of the components of exercise testing and prescription for pregnant women, the current evidence-based and practice-oriented guidelines, and exercise selection and adaptation during pregnancy. Exercises specifically targeting musculoskeletal health are discussed separately, and a concluding chapter explains the nutritional requirements in pregnant women who exercise.


Biomechanics Body composition Exercise prescription Exercise testing Gait Guidelines Low back pain Nutrition Pelvic floor Pelvic girdle pain Pregnant exerciser Physical activity Physiology Psychology Sports

Editors and affiliations

  • Rita Santos-Rocha
    • 1
  1. 1.Sport Sciences School of Rio MaiorPolytechnic Institute of SantarémRio MaiorPortugal

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-91031-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-91032-1
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