Dr. Mottola has conducted research on the effects of maternal exercise on both the mother and the developing fetus, with follow up into the postpartum period. Her research has led to a co-authorship on the PARmed-X for Pregnancy, which contains Canadian exercise guidelines for pregnant women, published by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiologists and Health Canada and endorsed by the Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of Canada, and the American College of Sports Medicine. Her current research focuses on the impact of using interventions with nutrition and exercise during pregnancy to prevent chronic disease risks such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease for both mother and the offspring.
Dr. Mottola is a Professor with a Joint Position in the School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences and the Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is the Director of the R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation – Exercise and Pregnancy Laboratory at Western University, which is the only lab in North America that specializes in the area of exercising pregnant and postpartum women. She is a Scientist of the Children’s Health Research Institute and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM). She has received over $2.9 million for research on exercise during pregnancy and has published over 70 papers on this topic. She has given over 150 invited talks in the area of exercise during pregnancy or postpartum.