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Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2018 Sep;45(3):441-454. doi: 10.1016/j.ogc.2018.04.002.

Complementary Health Practices for Treating Perinatal Depression.

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1
Department of Psychiatry, Zucker Hillside Hospital, Northwell Health, 75-59 263rd Street, Glen Oaks, NY 11004, USA.
2
Department of Psychiatry, Zucker Hillside Hospital, Northwell Health, 75-59 263rd Street, Glen Oaks, NY 11004, USA; Departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynecology, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, 500 Hofstra Boulevard, Hempstead, NY 11549, USA; Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, 300 Community Drive, Manhasset, NY 11030, USA.
3
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, 700 Butler Drive, Providence, RI 02903, USA.
4
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, 700 Butler Drive, Providence, RI 02903, USA; Butler Hospital, 345 Blackstone Boulevard, Providence, RI 02906, USA; Center for Women's Behavioral Health, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, 2 Dudley Street, Providence, RI 02905, USA. Electronic address: Cynthia_Battle@brown.edu.

Abstract

This article provides a focused review of the evidence for several complementary health approaches (ie, omega-3 fatty acids, folate, vitamin D, selenium, zinc, magnesium, B vitamins, physical activity, yoga) in the treatment of perinatal depression. There is evidence that some of these treatments may be reasonable to consider in women during pregnancy or the postpartum period. However, there are little data on the comparative safety and efficacy of these relative to traditional treatments (eg, psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy). Adequately powered high-quality studies are necessary to determine the role of complementary health practices for treating perinatal depression.

KEYWORDS:

Complementary; Depression; Nutraceuticals; Perinatal; Physical activity; Postpartum; Treatment; Yoga

PMID:
30092920
DOI:
10.1016/j.ogc.2018.04.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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