ABSTRACT The recommendation for physical activity, especially during pregnancy, is 30 minutes or more of physical exercise intensity between 60 and 70% of the maximum heart, preferably every day. It must be avoided that the heart rate rises above 140 beats per minute. Moreover, it is also geared not to pursue activities in hot environments, therefore, an increase of 1.5 º C can cause malformations of the fetus. Physical activity during pregnancy is recommended in the complete absence of any abnormality, through specialist medical evaluation and prescription performed by a professional of Physical Education. The precautions in physical activities for pregnant women should be administered: the terrain, temperature, the environment, footwear, heating and cooling, the hydration and especially the care with the anaerobic stage, the exhaustion and

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    ABSTRACT: Regular exercise is promoted for its over- all health benefits. Pregnancy is recog- nised as a unique time for behaviour modification and is no longer considered a condition for confinement. It is cur- rently recognised that habits adopted during pregnancy could affect a woman's health for the rest of her life.For the first time the recommendation suggests a possible role for exercise in the preven- tion and management of gestational diabetes. The recommendations also promote exercise for sedentary women and those with medical or obstetric complications, but only after medical evaluation and Sports Medicine (CDC-ACSM) have rec- ommended the accumulation of 30 min- utes or more of moderate intensity physical activity on most, and preferably all,days of the week. 4 Moderate intensity physical activity is defined as activity with an energy requirement of 3-5 metabolic equivalents (METS). For most healthy adults, this is equivalent to brisk walking at 3-4 mph. The CDC-ACSM statement also recognises that more intense exercise performed in 20-60 minute sessions on three to five days a week will result in higher levels of physi- cal fitness. Despite the fact that pregnancy is associated with profound anatomical and physiological changes, there are few instances that should preclude otherwise healthy,pregnant women from following the same recommendations.
    British Journal of Sports Medicine 03/2003; 37(1):6-12; discussion 12. · 3.67 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: São reconhecidos os benefícios da prática de atividade física sobre o ciclo vital, sem consenso quanto à gestação. Este artigo reviu considerações e efeitos da prática da atividade física durante a gestação sobre a saúde da gestante não-atleta e o feto. Foram utilizados os bancos de dados Medline e Pubmed referentes ao período 1992-2002. Dentre os benefícios, os artigos destacam: prevenção e redução de lombalgias, de dores das mãos e pés e estresse cardiovascular, fortalecimento da musculatura pélvica, redução de partos prematuros e cesáreas, maior flexibilidade e tolerância à dor, controle do ganho ponderal e elevação da auto-estima da gestante. No feto, observou-se aumento do peso ao nascer e melhoria da condição nutricional. Não se encontraram recomendações de necessidades nutricionais para a gestante não-atleta. Não existiu consenso quanto às necessidades nutricionais e o tipo de atividade física dessa gestante, sendo o exercício na água o mais indicado. Porém destacaram-se diversas contra-indicações da prática de exercícios na gestação. Concluiu-se que a atividade física, sendo regular, moderada e controlada desde o início da gestação, promove benefícios para a saúde materna e fetal.
    Revista Brasileira de Saúde Materno Infantil. 01/2003;