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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2007 December;166(6):209-13

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language: English

The effect of an ergometric training program on pregnants weight gain and low back pain

Sedaghati P. 1, Ziaee V. 2, Ardjmand A. 3

1 Tarbiat Modares University, TMU, Tehran, Iran; 2 Sports Medicine Reserch Center, University of Medical Sciences,Tehran, Iran; 3 Institute of Cognitive Sciences, ICSS, Tehran, Iran


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Background: The aim of the study was to assess the effect of an ergometric training program on pregnants weight gain and low back pain.
Methods: For a prospective randomized study 40 out of 90 women participated as the exercise group in an exercise program, three sessions a week during the second half of pregnancy for 8 weeks and 50 women as control group. All participants filled out a Quebec Low Back Pain Questionnaire between 20-22 weeks of gestation and 8 weeks after the assessment of their back pain intensity, respectively, at the same times.
Results: Low back pain intensity was increased slightly in the exercise group. The control group showed significant increase in the intensity of low back pain (p < 0.0001). Also there was a positive correlation between Means of the low back pain difference and pregnancy weight gain (p < 0.0001). Weight gain difference during pregnancy were significant between the two groups (p < 0.0001).
Conclusion: Exercise during the second half of the pregnancy prevented the low back pain intensity increment.

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