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J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 2005 May-Jun;95(3):247-53.

The stance phase of walking during late pregnancy: temporospatial and ground reaction force variables.

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Tanilba Bay, Australia.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate temporospatial and ground reaction force variables in the stance phase of walking during late pregnancy. An eight-camera motion-analysis system was used to record 13 pregnant women at 38 weeks' gestation and again 8 weeks after birth. In late pregnancy, there was a wider step width, and mediolateral ground reaction force tended to be increased in a medial direction. The center of pressure moved more medially initially and less anteriorly at 100% of stance in late pregnancy. The differences suggest that women may adapt their gait to maximize stability in the stance phase of walking and to control mediolateral motion.

PMID:
15901811
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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