The effect of stretching exercise on changes of blood pressure in nulliparous

Bahadoran, P.; Taebi, M.; Zolaktaf, V.; Pouya, F.
June 2014
Iranian Journal of Reproductive Medicine;Jun2014 Supplement, Vol. 12, p46
Academic Journal
Introduction: Hypertension in pregnancy is one of the prevalence factors in maternal death. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of stretching exercise on changes of blood pressure of nulliparous women during pregnancy. Materials and Methods: It was a quasi-experimental trial, consisted of two groups who took part in pre and posttests. We used a simple sample randomized, including 89 pregnant females (stretching exercise: 30 subject's control: 59 subjects). The data was collected via the demographic check list and blood pressure was measured in every week. The SPSS -16 was used to analyze the data by one way ANOVA and Repeated measure ANOVA. Results: No significant difference was found among the demographic characteristics of two groups. Mean systolic and diastolic blood pressure in two groups (stretching exercises, and routine care) in three intervals (pretest, first posttest, and second posttest) were significantly different (p<0.05). In this case, Tukey test showed that systolic and diastolic blood pressure in stretching exercises group significantly decreased compared to the routine care group (p<0.05). Conclusion: The result of the study showed that stretching exercise reduces systolic and diastolic blood pressure in the second trimester of pregnancy and controls it in third trimester of pregnancy.


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