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The Power of Yoga: Investigating the Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of a Prenatal Yoga Intervention to Prevent Excessive Gestational Weight Gain

Abstract Excessive gestational weight gain (EGWG) affects 50% of US pregnant women and may be an important contributor to obesity in both the mother and child. Novel strategies to prevent EGWG are needed to reduce the risk of adverse health outcomes for the mother and child. This dissertation presents three manuscripts that 1) propose a novel model to explain how prenatal yoga may prevent EGWG through behavioral, psychological/emotional, and physical factors, 2) test the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a prenatal yoga intervention to prevent EGWG compared to a pregnancy education comparison group, and 3) qualitatively investigate pregnant women’s experiences participating in a prenatal yoga intervention to prevent EGWG. In manuscript two, 49... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Green, Jennifer (Author) / Huberty, Jennifer L (Advisor) / Larkey, Linda K (Committee member) / Leiferman, Jenn A (Committee member) / Buman, Matthew P (Committee member) / Oh, Chien C (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Health education / excessive gestational weight gain / maternal health / mindfulness / pregnant / randomized controlled trial / yoga
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 148 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Exercise and Nutritional Sciences 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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