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This quasi-experimental research aimed to evaluate effectiveness of practice guideline using yogic-based health promotion for pregnant women on discomfort during pregnancy by using concepts of health promotion practice for pregnant women and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. The subjects consisted of 83 pregnant women and were divided into 2 strata: 40 women in experimental group and 43 women in control group. Research instruments consisted of (1) the collecting data instruments: the demographic and the discomfort during pregnancy questionnaire (2) experimental instruments: handbooks of yogic-base health promotion for nurses, handbooks and VDO of yogic-base health promotion for pregnant women. The content validity index of the guideline verified by three experts was 0.82. Perceived discomfort of symptoms was compared between experimental and control groups in the two strata, normal and high-risk pregnant women, using Chi-Square.
The results of the study showed that the pregnant women in the experimental group experienced a lower discomfort level than the control group. The normal pregnant women in the experimental group experienced a lower discomfort level of three symptoms than the control group (p < .05), Moreover, the high-risk pregnant women in the experimental group experienced a lower discomfort level of ten symptoms than the control group (p < .05). The yogic-based health promotion practice guideline was found to be more beneficial to pregnant women. Therefore, it should be used continually in normal and high-risk pregnant women.