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Article: A STUDY TO ASSESS THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ANTENATAL EXERCISES AND YOGA TO PROMOTE NORMAL VAGINAL DELIVERIES AMONG ANTENATAL MOTHERS
Article Category: Original Research articles
Author: B. Munirekha *, K. Jayashree, R. Vijayaraghavan
Abstract: Motherhood is a gifted responsibility and it is women’s highest crown of honor. The aim of the study includes evaluating the effectiveness of antenatal exercises and yoga to promote normal vaginal deliveries among antenatal mothers. The research design adapted to this study includes “True-experimental, post-test only control group design”. Sample: Primi mothers who are in second trimester of pregnancy. Sampling technique: convenient sampling technique was adopted based on inclusion criteria. The study sample includes 30, 15 in experimental group and 15 in control group. Results of the study revealed that related to comfort in control and experimental group comfortable and not comfortable percentages were 10%, 50%, 40% and 0% respectively. The obtained ‘P’ value was < 0.001. Related to labor pain perception the control and experimental group median values were 2.00 and 1.00, percentiles were 2-3 and 1-1. The obtained ‘t’ value was 345.00 and ‘P’ value was < 0.001. Both are significant at 1% level. Related to type of delivery, in control and experimental group normal deliveries and cesarean sections percentages were 20.00, 40.00, 30.00 and10.00 respectively. The obtained ‘P’ value was P = 0.060 which was marginally significant at 1% level. The study findings concluded that antenatal exercises and yoga were very effective interventions in promoting normal vaginal deliveries, comfort and reducing labor pain intensity among primi antenatal mothers. Majority of the primigravid mothers in experimental group had normal vaginal delivery.
Keyword: antenatal mothers, antenatal exercises, yoga, primi gravid mothers, Vaginal birth and cesarean birth