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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2012 Nov;18(4):235-40. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2012.06.006. Epub 2012 Jul 15.

Mindfulness yoga during pregnancy for psychiatrically at-risk women: preliminary results from a pilot feasibility study.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, 4250 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2701, USA. muzik@med.umich.edu

Abstract

Prenatal psychopathology may have an adverse impact on mother and baby, but few women receive treatment. We offered a 10-week mindfulness yoga (M-Yoga) intervention to psychiatrically high-risk pregnant women as an alternative to pharmacological treatment. Participants (N = 18) were primiparous, 12-26 weeks pregnant, and had elevated scores (>9) on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Screen at baseline. In addition to a baseline diagnostic assessment, women completed self-ratings on depression, mindfulness, and maternal-fetal attachment before and after M-Yoga. Findings suggest that M-Yoga was feasible, accepted and effective. Symptoms of depression were significantly reduced (p = 0.025), while mindfulness (p = 0.007) and maternal-fetal attachment (p = 0.000) significantly increased. Overall, this pilot study is the first to demonstrate that M-Yoga may be an effective treatment alternative or augmentation to pharmacotherapy for pregnant women at high risk for psychopathology.

PMID:
23059438
PMCID:
PMC4336321
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2012.06.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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