Just Breathe: Mindfulness as Pain Management in Pregnancy.
Originally Published In
International Journal of Childbirth Education
Approximately 35% of women of childbearing age practice yoga, and 11% of pregnant women participate in prenatal yoga programs. Research indicates that yoga and mindfulness strategies offer benefits for improving health and well-being during pregnancy, for promoting positive outcomes during labor and delivery, and for support in postnatal recovery. The purpose of this article is to review current research evidence about mindfulness strategies, pain management, coping, comfort measures during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum recovery. The article will provide best practices for incorporating mindfulness strategies into the childbirth education program.