Journal article

Pregnant women maintain body temperatures within safe limits during moderate-intensity aqua-aerobic classes conducted in pools heated up to 33 degrees Celsius: an observational study

Amanda L Brearley, Margaret Sherburn, Mary P Galea, Sandy J Clarke

JOURNAL OF PHYSIOTHERAPY | AUSTRALIAN PHYSIOTHERAPY ASSOC | Published : 2015

Abstract

QUESTION: What is the body temperature response of healthy pregnant women exercising at moderate intensity in an aqua-aerobics class where the water temperature is in the range of 28 to 33 degrees Celsius, as typically found in community swimming pools? DESIGN: An observational study. PARTICIPANTS: One hundred and nine women in the second and third trimester of pregnancy who were enrolled in a standardised aqua-aerobics class. OUTCOME MEASURES: Tympanic temperature was measured at rest pre-immersion (T1), after 35minutes of moderate-intensity aqua-aerobic exercise (T2), after a further 10minutes of light exercise while still in the water (T3) and finally on departure from the facility (T4). ..

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