Exercise

Yoga during pregnancy reduces labor pain

pregnantA group of 60 pregnant women were randomly assigned to either an antenatal yoga program or a control group. The antenatal yoga program consisted of a 1 hour supervised yoga class, three times a week, starting at 26 weeks gestation. Compared to the control group, participants in the yoga classes experienced lower pain intensity, required a decreased frequency of labor induction, had a lower percentage of cesarean section and experienced a shorter duration of the second and third stages of labor.

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Nutrition

Calcium plus vitamin D during pregnancy reduces bone loss

Pregnant woman holding her bellyThere is often an increased calcium demand during pregnancy and lactation resulting in temporary bone loss. In a study of 56 adolescent mothers, supplementation with calcium and vitamin D during pregnancy reduced postpartum bone loss. The study also found that genetics plays a role in the effectiveness of supplementation.

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