A 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.
There 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.
Taking DHA (400mg/d) from 18 weeks to delivery could improve sustained attention in your child by the time they reach 5 years.