Date of Award

1998

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

Department

Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Beverly Johnson

Keywords

Exercise -- in pregnancy; Pregnancy

Abstract

Health and fitness has become nationwide trends resulting in people of all ages making wiser choices regarding nutrition and exercise. Pregnant women are also participating in this fitness revolution to help ease the discomforts of pregnancy, maintain fitness levels, and regain their shape after delivery. These women often turn to health care providers, including physical therapists, for guidance. The purpose of this independent study, accomplished by a review of the literature, is to provide physical therapists and general health care practitioners an overview of maternal body changes, nutritional requirements, and emotional changes that occur during pregnancy, and how these factors contribute to exercise tolerance and safety. The components of a well-rounded fitness regime, with specific exercise suggestions that can be incorporated into an individualized exercise program will be described. This will enable health care providers to make logical and educated decisions regarding health and fitness for the pregnant woman.

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