Staying Active

exerciseWhy exercise during pregnancy and postpartum?  Because both you and your baby benefit.  Aerobic and strength-conditioning exercise can help prevent a variety of pregnancy-related complications (like excessive weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, and urinary problems).  Women who do strength-conditioning exercise during pregnancy typically have a shorter labour and fewer delivery complications. 1,2

At Harmony Midwives, we work with you to develop a safe, realistic and individualized plan for getting or staying fit.  The attached PARmed-X form (Physical Activity Readiness Medical Exam for Pregnancy) is a good place to start.

You can explore organized Pre and Postnatal Fitness Programs (links below), or get creative and come up with your own plan, and yes, chasing a toddler counts as exercise…..


  1. Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, Exercise in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period, Clinical Practice Guidelines.  June 2003.  Taken from: Oct 27/08.
  2. Royal college of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Exercise in Pregnancy (statement #4).  April 02, 2015.  Taken from


Physical Activity Readiness Medical Exam for Pregnancy (PARmed-X for Pregnancy)
Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP)

Pre and Postnatal Fitness

Fit 4 Two Pre and Postnatal Fitness

City of Port Coquitlam Leisure guide

City of Coquitlam Recreation and Community Info

City of Port Moody Recreation and Parks Happening Guide