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by Shamanthakamani Narendran
It is a well recognized fact that stress causes psycho-neuro-immunological changes in the body, leading to pregnancy complications. Yoga therapy is fast advancing as an effective tool in healing many physical and psychological disorders; enough scientific proof is available of the beneficial effects of yoga on the mind and body. This book advocates that, despite apprehensions about the adverse effects of yoga exercises, yoga practices are safe, effective and beneficial to the pregnant mother and help in easy delivery. The book has been written after an in depth study of ancient and modern literature on pregnancy. The first part of the book gives a view on the basics of Anatomy and Physiology of Reproductive organs, conception and growth of the fetus in the uterus. It gives a detailed account of the modern methods of antenatal vigilance by the use of ultrasound monitoring of fetus. There is a full chapter on the dietary practices to be observed by pregnant women dividing them into “Satvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic” types. It gives a full account about the possible complications in pregnancy like hypertensive disorders, gestational diabetes mellitus, premature onset of labour, and intrauterine growth restriction of fetus, etc. This book gives valuable reading material to patients, medical practitioners and those who are practicing and teaching yoga. Here is a complete description of asanas, regulated breathing (Pranayama) and relaxation and meditation techniques profusely illustrated, which they can do throughout pregnancy up till delivery. There are some interesting puranic stories also proving the benefits of good environment of the unborn. This book also contains conclusion of scientific research on “Efficacy of Integrated Approach of Yoga (IAY) on Outcome of Pregnancy,” concluded with appendix and bibliography, which is very useful.
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