Context • Pregnancy yoga is a modified version of yoga for
pregnant women, and it aims to reduce pregnancy-related
symptoms, such as insomnia, low back pain, tiredness,
constipation, leg cramps, and shortness of breath.
Objective • The study aimed to identify the experiences
and expectations of pregnant women related to the
practice of yoga.
Method • The research team conducted a qualitative
Setting: The study took place at the antenatal clinic of a
public hospital in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey.
Participants • The participants were 24 pregnant women
at the clinic.
Intervention • The study included an intervention group
that performed yoga and received routine antenatal care;
however, no control groups were used. Each yoga
intervention was held for approximately 40-45 minutes,
with yoga asana periods lasting 30 minutes. The pregnant
women were expected to participate in yoga practice twice
a week on a regular basis for 8 weeks.
Outcome Measures • Data were collected through semistructured interviews. The interviews were recorded and
transcribed verbatim and thematic analysis was performed.
Results • Four major themes emerged: (1) perceptions
about pregnancy, (2) management of pregnancy symptoms,
(3) prenatal attachment, and (4) birth perceptions.
According to participants, the benefits of yoga practice
were management of pregnancy symptoms, increased
prenatal attachment, a positive perception of the birth,
natural-birth beliefs, and management of fear and pain
Conclusions • The participants reported barriers to
performing yoga; however, they also said that they would
try pregnancy yoga if they were encouraged by healthcare
professionals. Also, the participants stated that pregnancy
yoga practice should be made a part of antenatal education
to facilitate participation. (Altern Ther Health Med. [E-pub
ahead of print.])