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Fam Community Health. 2008 Jul-Sep;31(3):190-203. doi: 10.1097/01.FCH.0000324476.48083.41.

Stress management during pregnancy: designing and evaluating a mind-body intervention.

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Clinical Care Services, Sentara Healthcare/ Optima Health, Virginia Beach, VA, USA.


The objective of this 12-week study was to determine whether a relaxation-guided imagery (R-GI) intervention designed as a primary prevention strategy for stress management was perceived as beneficial to African American women during the second trimester of pregnancy. All participants documented perceived benefits of the R-GI intervention that included the following: (1) improved breathing; (2) ability to relax, clear one's mind, and become calm; (3) ability to channel and decrease stress; (4) release of anxiety; (5) use of R-GI throughout the day helped control anger and state of mind, leading to a smoother day; and (6) improved ability to fall and stay asleep.

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