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Dr. Robert Catena's Gait and Posture Biomechanics Lab

Gradual and lasting changes postpartum

There are many physical, physiological, and even neurological changes during pregnancy. Some of these persist, while others gradually revert to pre-pregnancy normal. These changes could make life unknowingly more difficult for postpartum women trying to be physically active, taking care of a new child, and reintegrating back into normal work life. Our goal is to specify how these changes can be overcome to make life a little more normal for postpartum women.

  1. Catena RD, Campbell N, Wolcott WC, Rothwell SA. (2019). Anthropometry, standing posture, and body center of mass changes up to 28 weeks postpartum in Caucasians in the United States. Gait and Posture. 70:196-202.
  2. Rothwell SA, Eckland CB, Campbell N, Connolly CP, Catena RD. (2020). An analysis of postpartum walking balance changes and the correlations to anthropometry. Gait and Posture. 76:270-276.

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