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Source: The Guide to Community Preventive Services

Last Reviewed: February 2019

The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends exercise programs for pregnant women to reduce the development of high blood pressure in pregnancy. In these programs, women get regular physical activity from before the 16th week of pregnancy through birth. The programs can take place in health care, home, or community-based settings. They must include 1 or both of these components:

  • Supervised exercise classes that meet at least 3 times weekly for 30 to 60 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity
  • Regular, moderate-intensity walking sessions where women (alone or in a group) walk for 90 to 150 minutes a week or 11,000 steps a day 
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Guide to Community Preventive Services. (2019). Pregnancy Health: Exercise Programs to Prevent Gestational Hypertension. Retrieved from https://www.thecommunityguide.org/findings/pregnancy-health-exercise-programs-prevent-gestational-hypertension