The four UK countries were among one of the first Nations in the world to review and disseminate the evidence for what kinds of physical activity and how much is required to stay healthy and fit. More and more evidence is now emerging and the strong message from the UK’s four Chief Medical Officers (CMO’s) are:
"If physical activity were a drug, we would refer to it as a miracle cure, due to the great many illnesses it can prevent and help treat.” (UK Chief Medical Officers physical activity/guidelines 2019)
The CMO’s went on to publish Physical activity guideline in 2011 and has very recently been updated in September 2019.
Key to this was the publication of Physical Activity for pregnant women. This guidance states that throughout pregnancy women should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week and every week. The guidance goes into detail which is helpful for pregnant women as well as midwives and doctors.
Dr Jacque Gerrard MBE, is a passionate supporter of physical activity and has also qualified as a fitness instructor. Jacque will highlight how important it is that midwives inform pregnant mothers that exercise in a healthy pregnancy is safe, important and key to improving outcomes for both women and their families by finally busting the myth that pregnancy and exercise are incompatible.