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Nursing Research and Practice
Volume 2013, Article ID 364582, 3 pages
Clinical Study

Lymph Drainage in Pregnant Women

1Post Graduation Lymphovenous Rehabilitation Course, Medicine School of São Jose do Rio Preto (FAMERP), São Jose do Rio Preto, SP, Brazil
2Obstetrics Outpatient Clinic of Santa Casa de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
3Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery Department, Medicine School of São Jose do Rio Preto (FAMERP), São Jose do Rio Preto, SP, Brazil
4Godoy Clinic Research Group and Medicine School of São Jose do Rio Preto (FAMERP), Avenida Constituição, 1306 São Jose do Rio Preto, SP, Brazil

Received 19 February 2013; Accepted 16 March 2013

Academic Editor: Maria Helena Palucci Marziale

Copyright © 2013 Sylvia Cataldo Oportus et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Aim. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of lymph drainage to reduce edema of pregnant women. Method. Pregnant women (30 limbs) from the Obstetrics Outpatient Clinic of the Medical School of Santa Casa in São Paulo in the period December 2009 to May 2010 were enrolled in this quantitative, prospective study. The patients, in the 5th to 8th months of gestation, were submitted to one hour of manual lymph drainage of the legs. The volume of the legs was measured by water displacement volumetry before and after one hour of drainage using the Godoy & Godoy manual lymph drainage technique. The paired -test was used for statistical analysis with an alpha error of 5% being considered significant. Results. Manual lymph drainage significantly reduced swelling of the legs of pregnant women during the day ( ). Conclusion. Manual lymph drainage helps to reduce limb size during the day of pregnant women.