Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
06 May 2014 08:40
Scientists have proved that yoga is good for pregnant women
Yoga can be extremely beneficial for pregnant women, research suggests.
Scientists from the UK have found that the activity can reduce the risk of mothers-to-be developing anxiety and depression.
The team, which comprised of academics from universities in Newcastle and Manchester, looked at 59 women who were pregnant for the first time and asked them to report on their emotional state for the duration of the study.
Some of the subjects were put into a group which took part in a yoga session every week for a total of eight weeks, while the others just underwent normal pre-natal treatment by visiting a health care provider.
The researchers observed that a single session of yoga reduced self-reported anxiety by 33% and stress hormone levels by 14%, with similar findings at both the first and final session of the eight-week intervention.
It is the first evidence to back up the theory that yoga is good for pregnant women.
Experts and celebrities have long hailed the ancient technique as a way of de-stressing. Actresses including the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore, Jessica Alba and Sienna Miller have all reportedly used it when expecting.
Stress during pregnancy has previously been linked with complications such as premature birth, low birth weight and developmental problems in young children and even teenagers. Anxiety has also been associated with post-natal depression in mothers.
A holiday could be just the thing that pregnant women need to relax and get away from the stresses of daily life.
Spa retreats and beach trips are excellent ways to unwind and let off some steam, watching the world go by without a care in the world.
Pregnancy travel insurance provides mothers-to-be with the peace of mind they need to enjoy a trip abroad.
21 January 2017
Thousands of men may be able to avoid undergoing a biopsy to detect prostate cancer, as research shows MRI scans could be used to detect aggressive forms of the disease.
20 January 2017
Winter sports enthusiasts are being urged to check they have the right insurance after new research shows only 1 in 6 people are covered under their standard travel insurance policy.
19 January 2017
Nearly 1,000 people have had their holidays in Gambia cut short amid growing political unrest in the African state.
18 January 2017
Researchers at Cambridge University may have made a breakthrough in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, according to preliminary findings.
17 January 2017
Stansted Airport has made a bid to become Britain's next hub for long-haul travel, as passengers are promised seamless connection facilities and baggage transfer.
13 January 2017
Long-term goals such as travelling more and visiting new places have come above healthy eating and changing jobs in a list of the top New Year's resolutions.
14 January 2017
Some of the biggest airports in the UK have been forced to cancel flights as snow and blizzard conditions sweep parts of the country.
Stress could be as significant a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes as smoking, drinking and overeating, new research shows.
24 December 2016
Planned strikes by British Airways cabin crew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day have been suspended amid continuing industrial unrest ahead of the weekend break.
11 January 2017
A connection between diabetes and inflection in children could be a major breakthrough in developing a cure for type 1 diabetes, according to new research.
10 January 2017
A new trial aimed at tackling widespread loneliness among older people is successfully reducing isolation using community-based tactics, a report shows.
07 January 2017
People may be able to enjoy better brain health in later life by following a Mediterranean diet, research has suggested.