Hot water showers and ball exercises can help pregnant women relax during childbirth, finds a new study. The findings of this study are published in the International Journal of Nursing Practice.
The study observed positive effects such as greater tolerance in pregnant women regarding pain, reduction of anxiety and a decrease in the release stress hormones after the warm bath and ball exercises.
The study was a randomized controlled trial conducted with 128 women during childbirth who were admitted for hospital birth in São Paulo, Brazil from June 2013 to February 2014.
"Our results indicate that these interventions should be encouraged because they are safe practices, low-cost, and are directly related to comfort, and they should be used as an adjuvant to medications and anesthesia during childbirth." said Dr. Henrique