Maternal behaviors during pregnancy have been reported to impact offspring health in adulthood. In this article we explore the novel hypothesis that exercise during pregnancy can protect against chronic disease susceptibility in the offspring. To date, research has demonstrated that improvements in metabolic outcomes, cardiovascular risk, and cancer can occur in response to maternal exercise during pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-203
Number of pages6
JournalExercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 20 2015

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Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2015 by the American College of Sports Medicine.


  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Exercise
  • Offspring
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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