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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2006 Jul-Aug;35(4):465-71.

Water aerobics reduces sick leave due to low back pain during pregnancy.

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Research and Development Unit, Primary Health Care in Southern Bohuslän County, Krokslätts vårdcentral, Mölndal, Sweden. aina.granath@vgregion.se

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare the effect of a land-based, physical exercise program versus water aerobics on low back or pelvic pain and sick leave during pregnancy.

DESIGN:

Randomized controlled clinical trial.

SETTING:

Three antenatal care centers.

PARTICIPANTS:

390 healthy pregnant women.

INTERVENTIONS:

A land-based physical exercise program or water aerobic once a week during pregnancy.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Sick leave, pregnancy-related low back pain or pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain, or both.

RESULTS:

Water aerobics diminished pregnancy-related low back pain (p=.04) and sick leave due to pregnancy-related low back pain (p=.03) more than a land-based physical exercise program.

CONCLUSIONS:

Water aerobics can be recommended for the treatment of low back pain during pregnancy. The benefits of a land-based physical exercise program are questionable and further evaluation is needed.

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