Yoga Reduces Stress and Improves Immunity during Pregnancy

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text]   Author: Lauren FrickA randomized controlled trial tested the effects of prenatal yoga on women’s stress and immune function during various stages of pregnancy. Stress is known to have adverse effects on both mother and baby during pregnancy. With stress, the body produces more cortisol which ultimately decreases immunity to viruses and pathogens and hinders the release of immunoglobulin A (IgA). Cortisol and IgA are biomarkers that indicate women’s stress and immunity …

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Incorporating Yoga During Pregnancy & Childbirth to Help Relieve Stress

Author: Lauren Frick Yoga is often utilized as a means to improve health. As a form of exercise, yoga can improve physical health, but it can also improve mental health. The incorporation of breathing exercises and meditation in yoga serves as a means of relaxation and stress management. For women who are pregnant, yoga can aide in the management of psychological distress both before and after birth. Various studies have been conducted to determine the …

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Why Pregnant Women Seek CAM

Author: Lauren Frick Complementary and alternative medicine is becoming a more popular treatment for pregnant women. In fact, it has been found that “in America 69% of women are using CAM, in the United Kingdom 57%, and in Germany 51%” and 73% in Australia (R. L. Bowman et al, 2018, 82). With its increased popularity, the researcher from University of Canberra, Australia wondered why women seek CAM intervention. The researchers conducted a meta-synthesis in which …

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Utilizing Spiritual Healing during Pregnancy

Author: Lauren Frick The utilization of spiritual healing in and around pregnancy can provide many benefits to alleviate stresses and pain within a women’s life, in fact forms of spiritual healing have become the most widely practiced complementary therapy, although some people in Western society consider its effects to be those of a placebo. Daniel J. Benor, who has a background in psychology, finds otherwise.             Benor has found over 150 studies …

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Traditional Chinese Medicine Treats Infertility

Author: Lauren Frick A meta-analysis was conducted by Karin Ried, a researcher for the National Institute of Integrative Medicine, to determine whether or not traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) proved to be more beneficial at increasing fertility than Western methods. It is found that “about 15% of couples in Western countries” encounter infertility, while 10.9% of women in the USA have an “impaired ability to get pregnant or to carry a baby to term” (Ried 2015, …

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