Clínica y Salud Clínica y Salud
Clínica y Salud 24 (2013) 77-83 - Vol. 24 Núm.2 DOI: 10.5093/cl2013a9
Estrategias de relajación durante el período de gestación. Beneficios para la salud
Relaxation strategies during pregnancy. Health benefits
Mª Benvinda Nereu Bjorna, Saul Neves de Jesusa, Mª Isabel Casado Moralesb
a Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal
b Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Espa??a

The practice of relaxation may be an effective strategy for coping with stress during the pregnancy period, a stage of physical and emotional changes that requires adaptations. The objective was to evaluate the effects of the regular practice of a relaxation technique in pregnant women on emotional and physical variables: stress, anxiety, depression, heart rate (HR), and blood pressure (BP). Sample: 46 pregnant women, aged between 18 and 38 years, and living in Portugal. Method: These women were divided into two groups, experimental and control. The experimental group received, between the 2nd and the 8th month of pregnancy a total of twenty to twenty five individual sessions of visualization and progressive relaxation. To evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention, HR and BP was measured pre- and posttreatment, as well as anxiety, depression, and stress, using EADS-21. The results demonstrate the effectiveness of the intervention on the variables assessed.

Palabras clave
Gestación Relajación Ansiedad Estrés Depresión
Pregnancy Relaxation Anxiety Stress Depression
Clínica y Salud 24 (2013) 77-83 - Vol. 24 Núm.2 DOI: 10.5093/cl2013a9