Exercise prescription in pregnancy: Weight-bearing versus non-weight-bearing exercise

Raul Artal, Damon I. Masaki, Nazareth Khodiguian, Yitzhak Romem, Susan E. Rutherford, Robert A. Wiswell

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Bicycle ergometry (non-weight-bearing exercise) and treadmill (weight-bearing exercise) were compared to assess physiologic responses to similar work loads. A total of 22 subjects at 29.3 ± 1.6 (± SEM) weeks' gestation who performed non-weight-bearing exercise were compared with 15 similarly fit subjects at 26.1 ± 2.3 weeks' gestation who performed weight-bearing exercise at three submaximal levels. Measurements by indirect calorimetry indicate preferential carbohydrate use during non-weight-bearing exercise at submaximal levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1464-1469
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number6 PART 1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • Exercise prescription in pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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