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The effects of strenuous maternal exercise during gestation on maternal body components in rats.
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PMID:  3693094     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The effects of strenuous maternal exercise throughout gestation on the maternal rat were examined. The results indicated that maternal exercise of this nature (30 metres/minute, 10 degree incline, 120 minutes/day, 5 days/week) caused a significant decrease in the amount of weight gained by the running maternal rats when compared to controls. By analysing the maternal rat and various bodily components after parturition, it was suggested that subcutaneous tissue growth (fat deposits and mammary gland tissue) was significantly less in the running group. The carcass remainder component was also found to weigh less in the running group, even though the maternal running rats had just given birth to an equivalent (not significantly different) number of neonates of similar (not significantly different) weight to the control group.
M F Mottola; K M Bagnall; A N Belcastro; J Foster; D Secord
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of anatomy     Volume:  148     ISSN:  0021-8782     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Anat.     Publication Date:  1986 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-02-04     Completed Date:  1988-02-04     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0137162     Medline TA:  J Anat     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  65-75     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anatomy, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight
Body Weight
Litter Size
Mammary Glands, Animal / anatomy & histology
Organ Size
Physical Exertion*
Postpartum Period
Pregnancy, Animal / physiology*
Rats, Inbred Strains
Skin / anatomy & histology

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