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
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). ..View full abstract
Funding from The University of Melbourne for purchase of thermometers.