IMR Press / CEOG / Volume 47 / Issue 3 / DOI: 10.31083/j.ceog.2020.03.5186
Open Access Original Research
Lung ventilation and the strength of the respiratory muscles of women in the third trimester of pregnancy in the aspect of physical activity
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1 Department for Rehabilitation in Internal Medicine, Univercity School of Physical Education in Wroclaw, Poland
2 Department of Mother’s and Child’s Health, University of Medical Sciences of Poznań, Poland
3 Department of Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland
*Correspondence:; (PAULINA OKRZYMOWSKA)
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2020, 47(3), 324–328;
Submitted: 2 March 2019 | Accepted: 14 May 2019 | Published: 15 June 2020
Copyright: © 2020 Okrzymowska et al. Published by IMR press.
This is an open access article under the CC BY 4.0 license

The research concerned assessment of the respiratory function and function of the respiratory muscles of women in the third trimester of pregnancy in terms of the level of their physical activity. Using the ATS/ERS assessment criterion, there was no lung ventilation disorder in the studied groups of women. The results of the study indicate that in women who were more active, the values of all measured functional parameters of the respiratory system were higher. In almost all women, irrespective of the level of physical activity, the strength of the inspiratory muscles was found to decrease. The majority of surveyed women undertook physical activity in the form of walking with varying frequency during the week, but only a few of them had undertaken a more intense physical effort. Pregnant women frequently do not undertake more demanding activities due to concerns about the child.

Pregnant women
Inspiratory muscle strength
Respiratory function
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