Short bursts of intense exercise may be fine during pregnancy, a new study suggests – CBC

Canadian guidelines currently recommend 150 minutes of moderate exercise during pregnancy

Aug 15, 2023

Cycling up hills is harder than it used to be, but at 27 weeks pregnant with twins, Terra Manca isn’t ready to park her bike.

Manca, 39, is a longtime athlete. The Edmontonian was on the varsity cross-country running team while in university, competed in road races as a cyclist and also cross-country skis.

Being able to continue with those sports throughout her pregnancy has helped her stay energetic, feel comfortable and remain social.

“I’ve been exercising throughout with whatever my body is up to and whatever I find fun and worthwhile,” she said.

Manca’s family doctor has been supportive of her continuing to exercise, but advised backing off if she starts to experience certain symptoms.

“I plan to continue biking for as long as I fit on my bike and feel comfortable. Twin pregnancies — you can get pretty big, so it could potentially get pretty uncomfortable,” she said.

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