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Wireless telemetry to assess fetal heart rate in aquatic session of maternal aerobic exercise
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  • Natural sciences and health sciences
INTRODUCTION: Many pregnant women wish to engage in aerobic exercise during pregnancy but are concerned about possible adverse effects on the outcome of pregnancy. In recent years there has been a great increase of scientific research regarding physical exercise during pregnancy and the pregnancy outcome (Barakat et al, 2008. Mottola, 2009). Nevertheless, many doubts persist relative to the response to exercise by the pregnant woman. Limited information is available about the fetal heart rate during aquatic exercise in pregnant woman. Our aim was to assess the response of fetal heart rate during maternal aquatic exercise. MATERIAL AND METHODS: One healthy pregnant woman (nulliparous) at third trimester was evaluated (gestational age=252 days). Other maternal data were recorded including parity, smoking, occupational activity and physical activity habits. The physical activity protocol consisted of a warm up and aquatic session of aerobic exercise (25 min), the intensity of activity was controlled by Borg Scale (level 10-11=light) and maternal heart rate (mean=105 beats/min), registered by Polar S725X model. The fetal heart rate was evaluated by Telemetry Rimkus T800 model. T800 wireless telemetry to assess fetal heart rate and uterine activity was used. RESULTS: An increase of fetal heart rate was found (mean=132 beats/min), with adequate variability in short and long term, with type A and B accelerations during exercise. DISCUSSION: The aim of our study was to assess fetal heart rate during pregnant woman was doing aquatic session of aerobic exercise. Although some studies have demonstrated that the maternal and fetal circulation is not altered by the maternal exercise (static bicycle) (Barakat et al, 2009), many questions remain uncertain relative to fetal response to maternal land and aquatic exercise. One of the most important is to know if the fetal necessities (blood flow) can be satisfied during the maternal exercise and what is the response of fetal heart rate, specially when the pregnant woman is supporting her corporal weight in standing position. Our results shows a normal increase of fetal heart rate and adequate reactions (accelerations) in response to maternal aquatic exercise.
15. Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science
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Wireless telemetry to assess fetal heart rate in aquatic session of maternal aerobic exercise
  • Autor: Yaiza Cordero Rodriguez (UPM)
  • Participante: Rocío Montejo (Hospital Universitario de Fuenlabrada-Madrid)
  • Autor: Ruben Omar Barakat Carballo (UPM)
  • Participante: Michelle Mottola (Univesity of Western Ontario (Canada))
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  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Ejercicio Físico, Salud y sus Fundamentos Fisiológicos (EFISAF)
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