Stretching Exercises may reduce risk of PE

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Re : Stretching Exercises may reduce risk of PE

Postby caryn » Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:45 pm

Well, it's never 100% -- it can lower risk in the population and some of us can still be outliers. I was walking 4+ miles a day myself. :-)

These are the exercise studies:
http://www.preeclampsia.org/Forum/viewtopic.php?t=13065
http://www.preeclampsia.org/Forum/viewtopic.php?t=22704

The stretching study shows a raised incidence of GH in the population of "stretchers" and a wide confidence interval, but the transferrin link is pretty interesting and might pan out to be something or other...

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Re : Stretching Exercises may reduce risk of PE

Postby dja » Tue Jun 03, 2008 02:08 am

Okay, did I miss something? What existing studies and literature suggest that rigorous exercise is the most effective way to reduce the risk of PE? Certainly they don't mean rigorous exercise during pregnancy, do they? And if not, then they must mean rigorous exercise prior to pregnancy? I've never heard this, but being a marathon runner didn't seem to help me out!

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Re : Stretching Exercises may reduce risk of PE

Postby adgirl » Mon Jun 02, 2008 12:54 am

Hmm, wonder how we could get our hands on the stretching video that they used to conduct the study. I wonder what kinds of stretching they recommended.

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Re : Stretching Exercises may reduce risk of PE

Postby caryn » Mon Jun 02, 2008 04:12 am

This is interesting (as you say, very preliminary.)

The incidence of preeclampsia was 14.6% (95% CI, 5.6 to 29.2) among the walkers and 2.6% (95% CI; 0.07 to 13.8) among the stretchers. The incidence of gestational hypertension was 22 % (95% C.I., 8.7 to 35.2) for the walkers and 40% (95% CI, 23.2 to 55.8) for the stretchers. The mean transferrin level, an antioxidant marker, was significantly higher in the stretching group mean (412 mg/dL, 95%CI, 389 to 435) than the walkers at the time of labor (mean = 368 mg/dL, 95%CI, 346 to 391) (p 0.05). No significant group differences were observed in birth outcomes.

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Stretching Exercises may reduce risk of PE

Postby alviarin » Sun Jun 01, 2008 09:46 pm

"Stretching exercises may be more effective at reducing the risk of preeclampsia than walking is for pregnant women who have already experienced the condition and who do not follow a workout routine..."

"The finding is contrary to existing studies and literature that suggest that rigorous exercise is the most effective way to reduce the risk of preeclampsia..."

"Stretching could provide protection against preeclampsia because stretchers produced more transferrin than walkers did... Transferrin is a plasma protein that transports iron through the blood and protects against oxidative stress on the body."

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 172009.htm

This is only one small study, but hey it's an extra incentive for me to make it on time to yoga class tomorrow. :)


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