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"International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health"

2020, Vol. 7, Issue 2, Part D

The effect of abdominal exercises without breath-holding on haemodynamics in post-natal period


Author(s): Rachana Shetty BV

Abstract: Objective: The objective of this study is to compare the haemodynamic parameters [Heart Rate, Systolic Blood Pressure, Diastolic Blood Pressure, Mean Blood Pressure, Rate Pressure Product] during the early postnatal period and the later postnatal period, with abdominal exercises and to record the magnitude of variations in the haemodynamic parameters between the three abdominal exercises in the postnatal period.
Methodology: 30 postnatal primi para women who had undergone full term normal delivery without any complications during labour/delivery and who did not have any diastasis recti were selected for this study. These women received three types of abdominal exercises and the changes in haemodynamics were recorded on the 3rd and 30th postnatal day.
Result: Results of the study showed statistically that all the haemodynamic parameters were elevated following each of the three abdominal exercises. It occurred in both the 3rd and 30th post natal day. The elevations seen in the haemodynamic parameters were comparatively more for the straight partial sit up (SPSU) exercise and oblique partial sit up exercise (OPSU) than the pelvic tilting exercises. The post exercise recovery was comparatively earlier for pelvic tilting exercise than the SPSU and OPSU exercises. The exercise recovery was faster in the 30th postnatal day in comparison with the 3rd postnatal day. There is significant decrease in the mean scores of RPE scale from the 3rd postnatal day to the 30th postnatal day from 10.370.93 to 6.330.48 following the pelvic tilting exercises, 12.100.99 to 10.670.88 following the straight partial sit up exercises (SPSU) and 13.130.78 to 11.031.13 following the oblique partial sit up exercises (OPSU).
Conclusion: The study shows that though there is a significant rise in the haemodynamic parameters following the abdominal exercises in both 3rd and 30th postnatal day, all these haemodynamic parameters [Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, Mean Blood Pressure, Rate Pressure Product] returned to baseline within few minutes of post exercise, thus making it safe to prescribe abdominal exercises from early postnatal period. Anyways since rate of perceived exertion (RPE) was higher in 3rd post natal day in comparison with 30th postnatal day, the intensity of exercise should be lesser in 3rd postnatal day than 30th postnatal day.


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How to cite this article:
Rachana Shetty BV. The effect of abdominal exercises without breath-holding on haemodynamics in post-natal period. Int J Phys Educ Sports Health 2020;7(2):193-200.
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