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By: Stephanie Duhon

A recent study suggests women who experience a lot of stress during their pregnancy are more likely to have children with behavioral problems.

“What we have found is that it is the overall number of stresses that is most related to child behavior outcomes,” said Monique Robinson, a psychologist at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Perth, Australia. “Two or fewer stresses during pregnancy are not associated with poor child behavioral development, but as the number of stresses increase to three or more, then the risks of more difficult child behavior increase.”

The study, published in the online edition of Development and Psychopathology last month,focuses on data from nearly 3,000 pregnant women, who reported stressful events at 18 and 34 weeks of pregnancy. Researchers found the number of stressful events was more important than the type of stress the women experienced.

Prenatal yoga, offered Monday through Saturday at The Motherhood Center, can help relieve stress by giving expectant moms a chance to relax, breathe and connect with their baby. Yoga also helps relieve common discomforts of pregnancy, such as sore back and fluid retention, and can help prepare your body for childbirth. The various yoga poses improve flexibility, which can help moms adapt to different positions during labor. Yoga also helps boost circulation and encourages breath and body awareness. Stretching exercises relieve aches and pains, but be careful not to overstretch! During pregnancy, ligaments around the joints become loose and soft.

Attending a yoga class at The Motherhood Center also helps expectant mothers relieve stress by giving them an environment to meet other moms and create a support system.

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Postnatal yoga is also important! Our mom and baby yoga classes offer new moms the chance to strengthen their abdominal muscles and pelvic floor, which are weakened after pregnancy. The exercise can also help you get back to your pre-pregnancy shape more quickly.

There is no need to register for our yoga classes. Just stop by and sign in! 

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