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Indian Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research


Effect of Yoga exercises on the course of pregnancy, labour and puerperium


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Author Details: Mohamed Abdelmoaty Elsamra

Volume : 5

Issue : 1

Online ISSN : 2394-2754

Print ISSN : 2394-2746

Article First Page : 72

Article End Page : 76


Abstract

Introduction: Pregnancy is a condition in which women undergo distinct physiological changes and stress. Also accompanied by unique physical and psychological demands, Yoga is thought to alter nervous system regulation and physiological system functioning (e.g. cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine and immune systems). It improves psychological wellbeing (e.g. frequency of positive mood states) and physical fitness (e.g. strength, flexibility).
Patients and Methods: 250 primigravida females selected from the antenatal clinic of El-Shatby Maternity University Hospital, and allocated into two groups; group A: 125 females who will practice Yoga exercises and group B: 125 females who will not practice any kind of exercises.
Results: Both groups are matched in age, height (p>0.05). Pulse, systolic, diastolic blood pressure and respiratory rate are matched in both groups (p>0.05). Incidence of edema, varicose vein, sleep disturbance, mood changes were significantly higher in group B (p<0.05). All women in group A had smooth course (p=0.000). Abnormal ultrasound findings, puerperium problems and mild postpartum hemorrhage were statistically significantly higher in group B (p<0.05).
Conclusion: Prenatal Yoga is an excellent choice for any healthy woman to use in order to prepare herself physically and emotionally for child birth.

Keywords: Yoga.

Doi :-https://doi.org/10.18231/2394-2754.2018.0016