Title

The stance phase of walking during late pregnancy: temporospatial and ground reaction force variables

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Lymbery, JK & Gilleard, WL 2005, 'The stance phase of walking during late pregnancy: temporospatial and ground reaction force variables', Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, vol. 95, no. 3, pp. 247-253.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate temporospatial and ground reaction force variables in the stance phase of walking during late pregnancy. An eight-camera motion-analysis system was used to record 13 pregnant women at 38 weeks’ gestation and again 8 weeks after birth. In late pregnancy, there was a wider step width, and mediolateral ground reaction force tended to be increased in a medial direction. The center of pressure moved more medially initially and less anteriorly at 100% of stance in late pregnancy. The differences suggest that women may adapt their gait to maximize stability in the stance phase of walking and to control mediolateral motion.