Journal article

Prenatal yoga for young women a mixed methods study of acceptability and benefits

Amanda Styles, Virginia Loftus, Susan Nicolson, Louise Harms

BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth | BMC | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: High rates of psychological-distress, trauma and social complexity are reported among young pregnant women. At the Royal Women's Hospital, Australia, young pregnant women acknowledge wanting tools to improve maternal wellbeing yet remain challenging to engage in antenatal education and support. While yoga is a widely accepted and participated activity in pregnancy, with demonstrated benefits for adult pregnant women, adolescent women are often excluded from both these yoga interventions and related pregnancy studies. METHODS: This mixed methods study examined the acceptability and benefits of yoga for young women. We recruited 30 participants aged under 24 years, who were offered..

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