Yoga Reduces Stress in Expectant Mothers
The first evidence of its kind that yoga can help to keep expectant mothers stress-free.
Depression during pregnancy is a very difficult and sensitive subject. Statistics suggest that between 14 and 23 percent of women suffer from some form of depression during pregnancy. There are many questions that the pregnant woman and her family must struggle with. Is she truly suffering from depression or is her behaviour caused by normal pregnancy hormones? If she is suffering from depression, what can she do? What can her family do? Are there any treatments that won’t harm the baby?
As this article from Manchester university explains, stress during pregnancy has been linked to premature birth, low birth weight and increased developmental and behavioural problems in the child as a toddler and adolescent, as well as later mental health problems in the mother. A high level of anxiety during pregnancy is linked with postnatal depression which in turn is associated with increased risk of developing depression later in life.
Fantastically, this article also shares groundbreaking new research; the first evidence of its kind that yoga can help to keep expectant mothers stress-free.The study looked at 59 women who were pregnant for the first time and asked them to self-report their emotional state. They were split into several groups, some of which took part in a yoga session a week for eight weeks, while the others just had normal pre-natal treatment. A single session of yoga was found to reduce self-reported anxiety by one third and stress hormone levels by 14%. Encouragingly, similar findings were made at both the first and final session of the 8 week intervention.
These are truly amazing findings! Please share this with anyone and everyone you know :)