The Get Active Questionnaire for Pregnancy is structured to guide an individual through a series of four questions to help them decide whether they should consult a health care professional before becoming or continuing to be physically active during pregnancy. If an individual answers “YES” to any question, they are guided to consult with their obstetric health care provider before beginning or continuing to be physically active. The Health Care Provider Consultation Form for Prenatal Physical Activity form has been developed to assist individuals in their conversation with their health care provider and the qualified exercise professional.
HOW THE GET ACTIVE QUESTIONNAIRE FOR PREGNANCY COULD BE USED:
- Recreation or fitness facilities may have their pregnant clients complete the questionnaire prior to joining an exercise class or program.
- Obstetric healthcare professionals (i.e., physicians, midwives, physiotherapists, dieticians) may provide the questionnaire when encouraging their patients to start or continue to be physically active during pregnancy.
- Pregnant Individuals who wish to continue or become active during pregnancy can complete the questionnaire on their own initiative.
- Qualified Exercise Professionals (QEP) may use the questionnaire as one part of the pre-screening process with clients.
PRACTITIONERS USING THE GET ACTIVE QUESTIONNAIRE FOR PREGNANCY
Pre-participation screening is an essential step for identifying risk factors and determining who should seek medical advice prior to becoming or continuing to be physically active during pregnancy. The Get Active Questionnaire for Pregnancy should be only one step in the overall pre-participation screening process.
A Qualified Exercise Professional (QEP) may ask all pregnant clients to complete the Get Active Questionnaire for Pregnancy so they can start getting to know their client's health status better.
If a pregnant client answers "Yes" to a question, QEPs are encouraged to refer the client to their obstetric health care provider with the Health Care Provider Consultation Form for Prenatal Physical Activity.
More information about how a QEP can use the Get Active Questionnaire in practice is discussed in a free webinar from CSEP.