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Effects of a prenatal yoga programme on the discomforts of pregnancy and maternal childbirth self-efficacy in Taiwan.
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PMID:  19246136     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
OBJECTIVE: to evaluate a yoga programme provided to primigravidas in the third trimester of pregnancy with the aim of decreasing the discomforts associated with pregnancy and increasing childbirth self-efficacy.
DESIGN: non-randomised controlled experimental study.
SETTING: a hospital in northern Taiwan.
PARTICIPANTS: the target population was primigravidas at 26-28 weeks of gestation (no high-risk pregnancies) who had not engaged in regular exercise or yoga for at least one year. The study included 88 individuals; 43 in the control group and 45 in the experimental group who took part in the prenatal yoga programme.
INTERVENTION: the duration of the prenatal yoga programme was 12-14 weeks, with at least three sessions per week. Each workout lasted for 30 minutes.
MEASUREMENTS AND FINDINGS: women who took part in the prenatal yoga programme reported significantly fewer pregnancy discomforts than the control group (38.28 vs 43.26, z=-2.58, p=0.01) at 38-40 weeks of gestation. The subjects who participated in the yoga programme exhibited higher outcome and self-efficacy expectancies during the active stage of labour (104.13 vs 83.53, t=3.24, p=0.002; 99.26 vs 77.70, t=3.99, p ≤ 0.001) and the second stage of labour (113.33 vs 88.42, t=3.33, p=0.002; 102.19 vs 79.40, t=3.71, p ≤ 0.001) compared with the control group.
KEY CONCLUSIONS: the provision of booklets and videos on yoga during pregnancy may contribute to a reduction in pregnancy discomforts and improved childbirth self-efficacy.
IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: this yoga programme provides health-care professionals with an evidence-based intervention.
Yi-Chin Sun; Ya-Chi Hung; Yuanmay Chang; Su-Chen Kuo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-02-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Midwifery     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1532-3099     ISO Abbreviation:  Midwifery     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8510930     Medline TA:  Midwifery     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e31-6     Citation Subset:  N    
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Copyright © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Nursing, Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.
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