Navigation Links
Stretching exercises may reduce risk of pre-eclampsia during pregnancy
Date:5/28/2008

CHAPEL HILL Stretching exercises may be more effective at reducing the risk of preeclampsia than walking is for pregnant women who have already experienced the condition and who do not follow a workout routine, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing.

Preeclampsia, or pregnancy-induced hypertension, is a condition that affects up to 8 percent of pregnancies every year and is among the leading causes of maternal and fetal illness and death worldwide.

The finding is contrary to existing studies and literature that suggest that rigorous exercise is the most effective way to reduce the risk of preeclampsia, said SeonAe Yeo, Ph.D., an associate professor with a specialty in womens health at the UNC School of Nursing and the studys lead researcher.

Yeo will present the findings Thursday (May 29) at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Indianapolis, Ind. The results will be published in the spring issue of the journal Hypertension in Pregnancy.

Preeclampsia is characterized by a marked increase in blood pressure during pregnancy and may be accompanied by swelling and kidney problems. It is diagnosed when blood pressure readings taken twice in six hours read 140/90 or higher.

These results seemingly contradict the conventional wisdom that walking is the best protection pregnant women have against developing preeclampsia, Yeo said. But for women who were not physically active before becoming pregnant and who have experienced preeclampsia with a previous pregnancy, that might not be the case.

From November 2001 to July 2006, 79 women with a previous preeclampsia diagnosis and a sedentary lifestyle participated in this National Institute of Nursing Research-funded study. Women were randomly assigned to either the walking group (41 women) or the stretching group (38 women) during the 18th week of pregnancy.

The walking group was asked to exercise for 40 minutes five times a week at moderate intensity, following the program recommended by the Surgeon General and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Stretchers were also asked to perform slow, non-aerobic muscle movements with a 40-minute video fives times a week. Frequency and duration of exercise decreased in both groups as the pregnancy progressed.

At the end of pregnancy, almost 15 percent of women in the walking group had developed preeclampsia. Less than 5 percent of the stretching group developed the condition. While the incidence of preeclampsia in the walking group was similar to that reported in high-risk pregnancies, the frequency among the stretching group was similar to rates seen among the general population.

Clearly, walking does not have a harmful effect during pregnancy, Yeo said. But for women who are at high risk for preeclampsia, our results may suggest that stretching exercises may have a protective effect against the condition.

Stretching could provide protection against preeclampsia because stretchers produced more transferrin than walkers did, Yeo said. Transferrin is a plasma protein that transports iron through the blood and protects against oxidative stress on the body.

Yeo said these results could help prenatal care providers recommend different exercise plans based on an individual pregnant womans needs and abilities. Following an active exercise plan is good, she said, but only if a pregnant woman is truly able to do it. For some who already have a risk of preeclampsia, stretching might be a better option.


'/>"/>

Contact: Patric Lane
patric_lane@unc.edu
919-962-8596
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Pre-Workout Stretching Wont Prevent Sore Muscles
2. Aquatic Exercises May Ease Fibromyalgia
3. Brain Exercises Sharpen Memory in Older Adults
4. Study shows pine bark naturally reduces cardiovascular risk factors in diabetics
5. Study Shows Pine Bark Naturally Reduces Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Diabetics
6. ClearWay Minnesota(SM) Board Approves $1.4 Million in New Grants to Reduce Tobaccos Harm
7. Data re-analysis shows drug finasteride reduces risk for most prostate cancers
8. Plant flavonoid found to reduce inflammatory response in the brain
9. Ashwell receptor reduces mortality during sepsis
10. Study shows that administering calcium and magnesium effectively reduces neurological sensitivity
11. Veterinarians, Pediatricians and Postal Workers Team Up to Reduce Incidence of Dog Bites
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/1/2017)... York, NY & Greenwich, CT (PRWEB) , ... March 01, 2017 ... ... many runners, especially in the winter months when people don’t want to stop training ... the knees – and setting the treadmill to a small incline can help protect ...
(Date:3/1/2017)... ... , ... “McFarnia”: a suspenseful tale of a father who vanishes without a ... disappearance. “McFarnia” is the creation of published author Tony Pierzchala, a former Army man, ... a Chaplain with Transport for Christ at a truck stop in the Greensboro area. ...
(Date:3/1/2017)... ... ... of Love”: a tale of young love and war. ““Letter of Love”” is the ... Salvador, wife, mother, and co-founder of a Christian College. , “I turned to ... poor communities, and I study psychology. I lived the civil war. ” --Maria Teresa ...
(Date:3/1/2017)... ... , ... “The Affair is Over Now Go Live Your Life Abundantly”: a ... affair. “The Affair is Over Now Go Live Your Life Abundantly” is the creation ... dedicated her professional life to teaching and writing about marriage and family life in ...
(Date:2/28/2017)... ... , ... Answering strong demand for its medical device software design and development ... in the Soma neighborhood in San Francisco on March 1, 2017. The opening also ... systems architecture subject matter experts. , Orthogonal serves a sizeable clientele in the Bay ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/1/2017)... DIEGO , March 1, 2017  Aethlon ... European Patent Office has granted European Patent Number ... In recent years, exosomes have emerged ... a wide range of disease conditions, including cancer, ... (CTE).  This granted European Patent is an important ...
(Date:3/1/2017)... 1, 2017  Numotion, the nation,s leading provider of ... Tek RMD ("robotic mobilization device") by Matia Robotics in ... is a motorized standing movement device that offers the ... to complete everyday activities from a standing position. Unlike ... RMD unassisted. Numotion is the exclusive distributor of the ...
(Date:3/1/2017)... ... and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Infertility ... The Global Infertility Therapy Partnering Terms and Agreements since 2010 ... into by the world,s leading healthcare companies. The report ... discovery or development stage whereby the licensee obtains a right or ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: