Pregnancy Health: Exercise Programs to Prevent Gestational Hypertension
Description of Resource:
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends exercise programs for pregnant women to reduce the development of gestational hypertension. Programs engage women in regular exercise from before their 16th week of pregnancy through birth. Exercise programs must include one or both of the following: supervised exercise classes that meet at least three times each week and include 30-60 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise; regular moderate-intensity walking sessions during which women (alone or in a group) walk 90-150 minutes per week or 11,000 steps per day, as monitored by a pedometer. Interventions may also include the following: supervised resistance training, and additional education or encouragement on physical activity, nutrition, and weight management. Interventions may be delivered in health system facilities, or in community-based or home settings.