Inactivity: symptoms associated with gastrocnemius muscle disuse during pregnancy

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This longitudinal study assessed change in gastrocnemius muscle metabolism across antepartum bed rest and recovery during the first 6 weeks postpartum as well as symptoms during recovery. The convenience sample consisted of 65 pregnant women, hospitalized on bed rest for a mean of 24.8 days (range 5-70 days). A dual wavelength hemoglobin/ myoglobin spectrophotometer and ergometer assessed muscle reoxygenation times after plantar flexion exercise from hospital admission through 6 weeks postpartum. The Postpartum Symptom Checklist assessed symptoms of muscle deconditioning. The time for gastrocnemius muscle reoxygenation after exercise significantly increased across antepartum bed rest (t = -2.1, P


Adolescent; Adult; Bed Rest/adverse effects; Bed rest; Bed Rest/nursing; Exercise; Female; Humans; Legs – Muscles; Longitudinal Studies; Muscle; Skeletal/metabolism; Muscle; Skeletal/physiopathology; Muscular atrophy; Muscular Atrophy/etiology; Muscular Atrophy/nursing; Oxygen/physiology; Postpartum Period; Pregnant women; Pregnancy


Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing | Obstetrics and Gynecology

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