Pulmonary responses to exercise in pregnancy

Raul Artal, Robert Wiswell, Yitzhak Romem, Fred Dorey

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

80 Scopus citations


The pulmonary responses of 88 pregnant women were compared to those of 39 nonpregnant control subjects during different exercise intensities. At rest the pregnant women had higher tidal volumes, oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide production, and respiratory exchange ratio. With increased work loads the pregnant volunteers have consistently lagged behind the nonpregnant control subjects for every parameter, which indicates a decrease in pulmonary reserve and inability to exercise anaerobically.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-383
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1986
Externally publishedYes


  • Exercise in pregnancy
  • pulmonary physiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


Dive into the research topics of 'Pulmonary responses to exercise in pregnancy'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this