The influence of laughter yoga on pregnancy symptoms, mental well-being, and prenatal attachment: A randomized controlled study

Health Care Women Int. 2023 Jun;44(6):782-801. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2022.2164284. Epub 2023 Jan 10.

Abstract

The researchers' aim was to evaluate the impact of laughter yoga on pregnancy symptoms, mental well-being, and prenatal attachment. They carried out this study on 85 pregnant women randomized in a maternity hospital in the Eastern Anatolia Region of Turkey. The researchers collected data using the Pregnant Introduction Form, Pregnancy Symptom Inventory (PSI), Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS), and Prenatal Attachment Inventory (PAI). After applying the laughter yoga practice, they found that mental well-being and prenatal attachment levels were higher in pregnant women in the experimental group and the difference was statistically significant. Thus, they concluded that laughter yoga was an effective practice in reducing the frequency of pregnancy symptoms and limiting daily activities by pregnancy symptoms and increasing mental well-being and prenatal attachment levels.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laughter Therapy*
  • Mental Health
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnant Women
  • Psychological Well-Being
  • Research Design
  • Yoga*