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Exercise responses prior to pregnancy and in the postpartum state.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1560735     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Increased women in the work force and requirements for maximal employee productivity have necessitated examination of the optimal time for parturients to resume normal activities. This prospective study was designed to determine whether prepregnancy measures of aerobic capacity are regained by 4-8 wk postpartum. Weight, percent body fat, recall energy expenditure, and exercise responses via a stage 1, graded cycle ergometer exercise test were determined in 11 subjects (mean age = 27.56 +/- 2.2) in a postabsorptive state prior to pregnancy and 4-8 wk postpartum. Subject characteristics were compared by the Student's t-test and differences across workloads and time by analysis of variance with repeated measures. Prepregnant weight (mean = 58.80 +/- 7.26 kg) was significantly less (P less than 0.05) than postpartum weight (mean = 62.81 +/- 9.12 kg), and prepregnant energy expenditure (1352 +/- 453 kJ) per day was significantly higher (P less than 0.05) than in the postpartum period (274 +/- 333 kJ). Maximal oxygen uptake was significantly higher (35.2 +/- 0.7 vs 30.5 +/- 2.0 in the prepregnant as compared with the postpartum period. Further, heart rate at 125 and 150 W was significantly lower prepregnancy as compared with postpregnancy. Results support a detraining effect in the early postpartum period. Whether this detraining is an inevitable factor associated with pregnancy or whether exercising throughout pregnancy can ameliorate the decline in aerobic capacity postpartum is uncertain.
J E South-Paul; K R Rajagopal; M F Tenholder
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine and science in sports and exercise     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0195-9131     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Sci Sports Exerc     Publication Date:  1992 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-05-14     Completed Date:  1992-05-14     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8005433     Medline TA:  Med Sci Sports Exerc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  410-4     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Department of Family Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD 20814-4799.
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MeSH Terms
Exercise Test
Heart Rate / physiology
Hemodynamics / physiology
Oxygen Consumption / physiology
Physical Exertion / physiology*
Postpartum Period / physiology*
Pregnancy / physiology*
Prospective Studies
Tidal Volume / physiology

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