Diet Recommendations for the Pregnant Exerciser and Athlete

Rui Jorge, Diana Teixeira, Inês Ferreira, Ana Luisa Alvarez-Falcón

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Dietary habits play a decisive role during pregnancy and just a well-planned bal­anced diet can provide all the nutritional needs that this stage of life demands. Frequent exercisers and athletes also have high nutritional requirements and can benefit from a personalized diet either for health or performance purposes. Therefore, a pregnant exerciser and athlete has increased and specific dietary needs which are scarcely explored in the scientific literature. This chapter aims to fill the gap between evidence-based knowledge on the impact of dietary habits during pregnancy and particularly the pregnant exerciser and athlete, bridging the gap between science and practice and help researchers, nutrition and exercise professionals, and even pregnant exercisers and athletes with a summary of the main diet recommendations for pregnant exercisers and athletes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExercise and Physical Activity during Pregnancy and Postpartum
Subtitle of host publicationEvidence-Based Guidelines, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9783031061370
ISBN (Print)9783031061363
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022


  • Athletes
  • Diet
  • Exercisers
  • Nutrition
  • Pregnancy


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