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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36-42

The effect of maternal exercise program on fetal growth in pre-eclampsia: a prospective, randomized controlled clinical trial

1 Department of Physical Therapy for Paediatrics, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt

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Sally A Asker
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/bfpt.bfpt_4_18

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Background Pre-eclampsia affects 2–8% of all pregnancies globally and the condition is estimated to account for 10–15% of maternal deaths worldwide. Preterm birth accounts for 15% of pre-eclampsia disorders. Pre-eclampsia-associated morbidities and mortality can also lead to intrauterine growth restriction and death ‏. So a maternal exercise program has been recommended to prevent and/or decrease pre-eclampsia complications for both the mother and the fetus. Objective The aim of this study was to assess the effect of maternal exercise program on fetal growth in pre-eclampsia. Patients and methods Thirty pregnant women who suffered from pre-eclampsia were selected from the inpatient Clinic of Mansoura University Hospitals; they were at 27th week of gestation. The participants were randomly assigned into two groups (control and study). The participants in the study group received a designed maternal exercise program. The outcome measure was fetal growth. Results Fetal growth measures were significantly higher in the study group compared with the control group (P< 0.013).? Conclusion It was concluded that the maternal exercise program improved fetal growth in pre-eclampsia.

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