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Physical Activity in Pregnancy

In 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services issued guidelines on physical activity for pregnant women.  During pregnancy, healthy women should begin or continue moderate intensity exercise for 150 minutes per week. Moderate intensity exercise is equivalent to brisk walking. Pregnant women, who routinely exercise vigorously, may continue their exercise program as long as they remain healthy. Vigorous exercise includes running or jogging.  In 1964, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) ended is recommendation that exercise be limited to a maximum heart rate of 140.

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