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Relaxation Technique Benefits During Pregnancy: benefits for mother, fetus, and the newborn

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Relaxation Technique Benefits During Pregnancy: 

benefits for mother, fetus, and the newborn

Breathing for Life and Mindfulness living supports a mom through pregnancy and early motherhood. Relaxation Therapies and Health Coaching offers efficacious benefits for both mom and baby-to-be. Let’s together approach pregnancy and maternity care with targeting emotional health that gives benefits to last time and ends the harmful effects of stress.

Pregnancy Relaxation Training Benefits

Relaxation exercises and Health Coaching provide evidence-based drug-free methods helping in pregnancy and motherhood with the hidden challenge of giving birth. Become a Relaxation Therapist, Health Coach, Peer Coach, or Register for personal interest, online Pregnancy Stress Management training. Together let's end the harmful effects of stress.

Pregnancy Relaxation Training Benefits

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Pregnancy Relaxation Training Benefits

Pregnancy Relaxation Training Benefits

Benefits for both moms-to-be and baby include emotional and physical health by way of nonnarcotic alternatives to drugs for treating common symptoms and high-risk.

Pregnancy Relaxation Training Benefits

Pregnancy can be stressful for everyone, but an overload of stress can put you at risk. Pregnant women with moderate to high levels of stress and anxiety are at higher risk for complications during pregnancy and delivery. Symptoms of stress can make you have trouble sleeping, have headaches, increase or decrease in appetite. High levels of stress cause health problems: high blood pressure, and heart disease. Stress in mothers increases the risk of miscarriage, can cause developmental and emotional problems for offspring, can affect the development of the brain in babies, causes lower IQ, premature birth, and low birthweight. The first childbirth is rated “severe” amongst the listings of psychosocial stresses. 10–15% of pregnant women suffer from anxiety disorders and depression. The statistic considerably increases to 50% of Antenatal- Maternity care suffers from anxiety and depression. “Studies show that there is an association between the mental health of women during the prenatal period and the outcomes of pregnancy.


A woman experiencing stress and anxiety during pregnancy raises the risk of postpartum depression, impact a child’s development, and increases the risk of miscarriage. Source: Iran J Nurs Midwifery Res The effect of progressive muscle relaxation on pregnant women's general health 2015 Nov-Dec; 20(6): 655–660.

Summary

Relaxation is proven to be effective in pregnant women's general health. Thus, considering the effectiveness of the method, lack of side effects, especially during pregnancy, and its cost-effectiveness, it is recommended to be used for pregnant women. Iran J Nurs Midwifery Res. 2015 Nov-Dec; 20(6): 655–660. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4700682/

Evidence-base Results

Science Says

Pregnancy Relaxation Training Benefits

Backed by Science: Studies show that stress management gives nonnarcotic safe and natural alternative methods that decrease depression, anxiety, stress, and pain as well as improve positive mood and quality of life for both mom-to-be and baby. Stress management training is a prevention and intervention method for Postpartum Depression, ADD-ADHD, High BP, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Pain Relief, Migraines, Insomnia, and common symptoms that include: Nausea, Weight Loss or Weight Gain, Fatigue, and more. Prenatal stress has been associated with the risk of a wide range of outcomes. These include both neurodevelopmental and physical problems, with the likes of anxiety, ADHD and lower cognitive development on one hand and diseases such as asthma on the other. Stress in intrauterine life has the potential to adversely affect short-term and long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes with implications for altered susceptibility for mental health disorders in childhood and adult life. Source:  http://stke.sciencemag.org/content/5/245/pt7

What the Science Says

Guided Imagery is a relaxation technique that focuses on creating harmony between your mind and your body in order to ease stress and enhance well-being. Many women use guided imagery during childbirth to help them feel relaxed, comfortable and able to handle labor and delivery. Source:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3955623/


Meditation and mindfulness can reduce anxiety levels, creating a healthier environment for the mother and child

(1) Relaxation had a positive impact on women's emotional state.

(2) Pregnancy outcomes improved with fewer admissions to the hospital, fewer obstetric complications, longer gestation, reduction of caesarean sections, and fewer postpartum complications.

(3) Fetal heart rate and fetal motor activity were reduced as a result of relaxation and therefore interpreted as improved result.

(4) Higher-birth-weight and improved performance on the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale was related to relaxation.

(5) Relaxation training was associated with reductions in maternal physiological and endocrine measures. Relaxation during pregnancy is associated with salutogenic effects that include regulation of emotional states and physiology. Relaxation is also associated with positive effects both on fetal behavior and on obstetric and neonatal outcomes.Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3710585


Benefits of preparing for childbirth with mindfulness:  Mindfulness is shown to reduce the fear of labor, reduce pain levels, and lower the risk of postnatal depression.Source: https://bmcpregnancychildbirth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12884-017-1319-3


Relapse and prevention. Non-Opioid Pharmacologic Alternatives

Non-pharmacological Pain Management

One study found that 70% of women who had used Autogenic Training (AT) during labour experienced “notable pain relief” and several leading obstetricians have noted that AT significantly helped and accelerated the processes of natural delivery. Source: https://www.scribd.com/document/136336284/Clinical-Autogenic-Training-in-Pregnancy


Addictions

Relaxation techniques fit maternity profiles helping women at risk of drug and addictions and rids high-risk medications that can put patients at risk for respiratory depression as well as abuse and addiction. Support for social and emotional challenges of pregnancy by relaxation techniques and interpersonal skill building provides evidence-based strategies fostering education, self-care, social support, emotional health, and problem-solving skills. (1) an increase in parenting efficacy and resulting diminishment of negative self-attributions; (2) an improved sense of social support from coaching session (3) better maternal sleep; (4) more effective parenting skills leading to a more responsive and rewarding baby; (5) increased attachment to infant. View Source


Stress Dangers During Pregnancy

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Depression

Maternal depression is considered a risk factor for the socioemotional and cognitive development of children

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2724169/

Stress More Susceptible to Illness

Stressed mothers are more susceptible to infection and illness during pregnancy as a result of the suppressive effects of stress on the ability of the immune system to respond to challenge Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5052760/

Mood Disorders

Perinatal mood disorders are more common in women who report high levels of life events stress during pregnancy

Stress at Conception

Major stress around conception (e.g. death of a loved one, divorce) resulted in increased risk of a woman delivering an infant with conotruncal heart defects, neural tube defects or isolated cleft lip, and Glynn et al

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Similarly, death of a loved one or a terrorist attack increased the incidence of adverse outcomes including pregnancy loss prenatal stress can have persistent effects on behavioral, physiological and immunological functioning throughout the lifespan and may even be evident across generations.

Use of Mind-Body Interventions (MBI) and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is rising in society, especially with pregnant women. Please talk with your healthcare provider before opting for any specific method.

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