Summary: The Benefits Of Yoga For Prenatal Depression

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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…
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, …show more content…
Subjects exercised 3 times per week for 50-60 minute sessions. Two exercises were conducted in a typical gym setting, while one was conducted as an aquatic exercise in a small pool. At the end of the study, the researchers concluded that aerobic exercises and conditioning on land and in water resulted in a decrease in gestational weight gain and preserved glucose tolerance in expecting mothers (Cordero, Mottola, Vargas, Blanco, & Barakat, (2015). With the large prevalence of pregnant women developing this form of diabetes, they should be informed of this additional exercise benefit to maternal well

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