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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2008 Mar-Apr;37(2):165-75. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2008.00218.x.

Mind-body interventions during pregnancy.

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  • 1School of Nursing, San Jose State University, CA 95192-0057, USA. abeddoe@baymoon.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine published evidence on the effectiveness of mind-body interventions during pregnancy on perceived stress, mood, and perinatal outcomes.

DATA SOURCES:

Computerized searches of PubMed, Cinahl, PsycINFO, and the Cochrane Library.

STUDY SELECTION:

Twelve out of 64 published intervention studies between 1980 and February 2007 of healthy, adult pregnant women met criteria for review.

DATA EXTRACTION AND SYNTHESIS:

Studies were categorized by type of mind-body modality used. Progressive muscle relaxation was the most common intervention. Other studies used a multimodal psychoeducation approach or a yoga and meditation intervention. The research contained methodological problems, primarily absence of a randomized control group or failure to adequately control confounding variables. Nonetheless, there was modest evidence for the efficacy of mind-body modalities during pregnancy. Treatment group outcomes included higher birthweight, shorter length of labor, fewer instrument-assisted births, and reduced perceived stress and anxiety.

CONCLUSIONS:

There is evidence that pregnant women have health benefits from mind-body therapies used in conjunction with conventional prenatal care. Further research is necessary to build on these studies in order to predict characteristics of subgroups that might benefit from mind-body practices and examine cost effectiveness of these interventions on perinatal outcomes.

PMID:
18336440
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