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Response of pregnancy leg edema to a single immersion exercise session.
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PMID:  16305699     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: To quantify the effect of a single immersion exercise session on uncomplicated dependent edema in pregnancy. METHODS: Lower leg volume was measured by water displacement volumetry and limb circumference in nine women with marked dependent edema, but otherwise normal second or third trimester pregnancy, before and after upright water immersion exercise session (Aqua-Fit) for 45 min. Maternal heart rate was monitored continuously throughout the session. Blood pressure was measured before and after the session. RESULTS: Mean left leg volume decreased by 112 ml from 1665 to 1553 ml, and right leg volume by 84 ml from 1665 to 1581 ml (P = 0.007). Cardiovascular parameters fluctuated within the normal range, well below the upper limits recommended in pregnancy. CONCLUSIONS: A single immersion exercise session is a safe, effective, and enjoyable complement, or alternative, to compression stockings for reduction of gestational dependent edema. Further study is required to determine its duration of effect and the optimum interval between sessions.
Sabine Hartmann; Renate Huch
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica     Volume:  84     ISSN:  0001-6349     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand     Publication Date:  2005 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-11-24     Completed Date:  2005-12-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370343     Medline TA:  Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand     Country:  Denmark    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1150-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Perinatal Physiology Research Unit, Department of Obstetrics, Zurich University Hospital, Frauenklinikstrasse 10, 8091 Zurich, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Edema / pathology,  therapy*
Exercise Therapy*
Pregnancy Complications / pathology,  therapy*
Pregnancy Trimester, Third
Treatment Outcome

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