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Edema of pregnancy: a comparison of water aerobics and static immersion.
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PMID:  10546718     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To compare the edema-relieving effects of static immersion with water aerobics. METHODS: Eighteen healthy women between 20 and 33 weeks' gestation were studied standing on land, immersed to the axilla, and participating in a water aerobics class, each for 30 minutes. RESULTS: Water aerobics and the static immersion led to a similar diuresis, 187 and 180 mL, respectively. Both were significantly greater than standing 30 minutes on land, 65 mL (P < .01). The dilutional effect as measured by a decline in urine specific gravity was also similar between static immersion and water aerobics and greater than standing on land (P < .01). Standing on land led to a small increase in leg volume compared with water aerobics or static immersion (P < .01). CONCLUSION: Water aerobics had diuretic and edema-relieving effects similar to static immersion. When women develop edema of pregnancy, water aerobics classes may be used as a potential treatment.
T Kent; J Gregor; L Deardorff; V Katz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  94     ISSN:  0029-7844     ISO Abbreviation:  Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  1999 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-12-02     Completed Date:  1999-12-02     Revised Date:  2009-10-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401101     Medline TA:  Obstet Gynecol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  726-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Sacred Heart Medical Center, Eugene, Oregon, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Edema / therapy*
Pregnancy Complications / therapy*
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