exercise and pregnancy lab
Welcome to the R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation Exercise and Pregnancy Lab.


Exercise During Pregnancy


There are two main types of exercise:

Aerobic Exercise

Aerobic exercise is important in the lives of many pregnant women.  Aerobic exercise means raising the heart rate by moving large muscle groups. 

Muscular Conditioning

Strengthening exercises are also important to many pregnant women. Muscular conditioning exercises help increase or maintain muscle strength and endurance in specific muscles.

Current research says that healthy pregnant women (no obstetrical or medical problems) can safely participate in moderate aerobic activity and muscular conditioning programs.

It is important to consult a physician or midwife before starting or changing an exercise program.

For information on the Canadian Guidelines for Exercise in Pregnancy click here.

For prenatal information courses, contact the Middlesex-London Health Unit.


For any further questions please contact the EPL staff.
EPL Lab - 519-661-2111 x88366


PARC - Expert Resource

Health Canada - Members of the Expert Advisory Group on the National Nutrition Pregnancy Guidelines

Dr. Michelle Mottola is a member of the Expert Advisory Group on the National Nutrition Pregnancy Guidelines. This website is another great resource.

Click here to visit the Health Canada website


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