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Resources for Pregnant Athletes

active mom pregnancy Feb 28, 2023

With help from Maurya Couvares - pregnant triathlete


Over the past two weeks on the Women’s Performance Podcast, we have delved deep into pregnancy as an athlete. Interviewing both a researcher, as well as a pregnant athlete, one highlight really stood out:  it is extremely hard to find accurate information for pregnant athletes looking to continue training and exercise throughout their pregnancy


That’s where we come in. With the help of Maurya Couvares who we had on our Women’s Performance Podcast this week - here are some resources to help you move through/prepare for your pregnancy while remaining active.



Feisty Content


Exercising While Pregnant is Good for You and Your Baby, Too


Taking the Fear out of Training During Pregnancy with Maurya Couvares


Kristi Adamo, PhD- Busting the Myths of Pregnancy and Performance


Melissa Dessaulles - A Physio for the Embarrassing Things


Medical Studies 


Effect of Pregnancy in 42 Elite to World-Class Runners on Training and Performance Outcomes


The effects of vigorous intensity exercise in the third trimester of pregnancy: a systematic review and meta-analysis 


Thermoregulation During Pregnancy: a Controlled Trial Investigating the Risk of Maternal Hyperthermia During Exercise in the Heat 


Heat stress and fetal risk. Environmental limits for exercise and passive heat stress during pregnancy: a systematic review with best evidence synthesis


Keeping pace: Mother versus athlete identity among elite long distance runners


BMJ/BJSM Consensus Statement: Exercise and pregnancy in recreational and elite athletes: 2016 evidence summary from the IOC expert group meeting, Lausanne. Part 1—exercise in women planning pregnancy and those who are pregnant

Elite athletes get pregnant, have healthy babies and return to sport early postpartum

Pushing for change: a qualitative study of the experiences of elite athletes during pregnancy


Triple careers of athletes: exploring the challenges of planning a pregnancy among female elite athletes using semi-structured interviews - BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth


Sport and exercise recommendations for pregnant athletes: a systematic scoping review



Exercise and Sporting-Based Activity through Pregnancy: Evidenced Based Guidelines


Exercising Through Your Pregnancy


Go Ahead, Stop and Pee: Running During Pregnancy and Post-partum

Blog Posts


Jackie Herring’s “Our Baby is an Ironman!”


Study from WHOOP on how HRV trends can predict pre or Full Term Labor before it happens


WHOOP Pregnancy Data: Trends in Resting Heart Rate, HRV, Strain, Sleep & More




Endurance Exercise During and After Pregnancy with Katie Zaferes 


Caring for the Pregnant Athlete - British Journal of Sport Management


The Entire Practice Brave Podcast Series


Active Mom Postpartum Podcast





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