The Effects Of Yoga Intervention During Pregnancy?

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Pregnancy is an unforgettable time in a women’s life. During pregnancy, women go through a wide array of major body changes, and during labor, may experience an excruciating amount of pain, but they are also gifted with a wonderful miracle at the end of this 9-month journey. A mother’s health during pregnancy is extremely crucial for positive fetal outcomes. While in the past, partaking in physical activity during pregnancy had been considered unsafe, more recent studies have showed the positive benefits of exercising for both the mother and baby. Unfortunately not all woman have the financial means or physical capabilities to carry through these prenatal exercises, that is why it is imperative that one does not generalize and speak of women …show more content…
In the Effects of Yoga Intervention during Pregnancy: A Review for Current Status, researchers found that yoga can reduce multiple adverse psychological effects of pregnancy like stress, depression, anger and anxiety (Jiang, Wu, Zhou, Dunlop, Chen, 2014). It has long been known that depressive symptoms are linked to increased basal cortisol levels. A study looked at the effects of yoga on stress by specifically measuring cortisol levels of the subjects before and after a yoga intervention. It was concluded that not only were there increased levels of cortisol in pregnant woman, but that a yoga intervention decreased these levels significantly (Jiang et al., 2014). All in all it was found that yoga is more effective than most standard prenatal exercising for relieving the stress brought on by …show more content…
Depression is known to decrease a women’s ability to concentrate or process information that is being provided by a medical professional. If untreated, depression can have significant adverse effects in the pregnant patient. This condition can lead to poor self-care, self-medication, inadequate nutrition, poor maternal infant bonding, and in the worst cases maternal suicide (Ladewig et al., 2014). Certain exercises have been found to reduce the symptoms of depression in pregnant women. Yoga for prenatal depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis, a study conducted by the Second Military Medical University of Shanghai, examined the effects of yoga on expecting mothers. The study presented evidence, which supports the claim that yoga can help reduce the symptoms of prenatal depression. This study also reported there was positive benefits for partaking in yoga for both the control group, who did not have depressive symptoms and the group of mothers who experienced prenatal depression (Gong, Ni, Shen, Wu, & Jiang,

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