Energy expenditure in normal labor

M. Katz, D. Kroll, Y. Shapiro, N. Cristal, I. Meizner

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The energy expenditure in 23 healthy parturient women during spontaneous labor was assessed by continuous measurement of their O2 consumption and CO2 production. Due to the intermittent character of uterine contractions, normal labor and delivery did not impose high energy demands on the parturient, whereas a prolonged labor and delivery in which energy input was high led to maternal metabolic disturbances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)254-257
Number of pages4
JournalIsrael Journal of Medical Sciences
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • energy expenditure
  • labor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering


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