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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2005 Sep;193(3 Pt 2):995-9.

Fetal response to maternal exercise in pregnancies with uteroplacental insufficiency.

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Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, Canada.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to determine the fetal response to submaximal maternal exercise at 22 to 26 weeks in pregnancies with abnormal uterine artery Doppler.

STUDY DESIGN:

This was a prospective comparison of singleton pregnancies with uteroplacental vascular insufficiency (UPVI) (mean uterine pulsatility index [PI] values >1.45 [n = 12]) and those with normal uterine artery Doppler (n = 23). Maternal and fetal cardiovascular responses to 5 minutes of steady state cycling at 10% and at 15% of predicted work rate maximum were studied.

RESULTS:

Umbilical artery Doppler deteriorated after exercise in patients with UPVI (pre PI 1.4 [0.35-2.14], post PI 1.64 [0.45-2.18]). Three (25%) had transient absent-end diastolic flow (AEDF) in umbilical artery, 2 of which developed early-onset intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) with AEDF. Fetal cardiac output studies remained stable during the examinations.

CONCLUSION:

Submaximal steady state exercise had a transient deleterious effect in a subset of women with uteroplacental vascular insufficiency destined to develop early-onset IUGR.

PMID:
16157100
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajog.2005.06.035
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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