- Date de publication : 2016-03-19
Bisson M, Marc I, Brassard P. Cerebral blood flow regulation, exercise and pregnancy: why should we care?. Clin. Sci. 2016;130:651-65. doi: 10.1042/CS20150694. PubMed PMID: 26993053.
brain cerebrovascular circulation exercise female hemodynamics humans maternal-fetal exchange pregnancy respiration
Cerebral blood flow (CBF) regulation is an indicator of cerebrovascular health increasingly recognized as being influenced by physical activity. Although regular exercise is recommended during healthy pregnancy, the effects of exercise on CBF regulation during this critical period of important blood flow increase and redistribution remain incompletely understood. Moreover, only a few studies have evaluated the effects of human pregnancy on CBF regulation. The present work summarizes current knowledge on CBF regulation in humans at rest and during aerobic exercise in relation to healthy pregnancy. Important gaps in the literature are highlighted, emphasizing the need to conduct well-designed studies assessing cerebrovascular function before, during and after this crucial life period to evaluate the potential cerebrovascular risks and benefits of exercise during pregnancy.