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Complementary therapies to reduce physiological stress in pregnancy

Complementary therapies to reduce physiological stress in pregnancy

Tiran, Denise and Chummun, Harry (2004) Complementary therapies to reduce physiological stress in pregnancy. Complementary Therapies in Nursing & Midwifery, 10 (3). pp. 162-167. ISSN 1353-6117 (doi:

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Pregnancy is a period of enormous physio-pathological and psychosocial adaptation in a woman's life. Although it is usually a time of joy and anticipation, many women experience some degree of anxiety, concern and fear regarding their own health and that of their babies, as well as the approaching labour. Worry about social, financial, occupational and relationship issues can often add to their stress levels which increases the possibility of pregnancy complications. However while mild to moderate stress facilitates successful adjustment to these demands, a significant increase in the levels of stress hormones may compromise the health of both mother and fetus.
Complementary therapies are increasingly popular with expectant mothers and are gradually being integrated into conventional maternity care, primarily by midwives. However, there is debate about whether these therapies simply provide a form of relaxation for pregnant women with psychological stress or whether they could—or should—be used more constructively to deal with physio-pathological stress.
This paper considers the physiological effects of certain complementary therapies in reducing the impact of stress in pregnancy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: complementary therapies, reduction, physiological stress, pregnancy
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care > Department of Acute & Continuing Care
School of Health & Social Care
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