Yoga-based therapies can help manage antenatal depression, according to a review published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.
A team of scientists in the UK and Singapore conducted a systematic review of six clinical studies, involving 405 pregnant mothers, that examined the effects of yoga on depression during pregnancy.
All six studies showed reductions in depression scores, indicating that yoga is a ‘promising non-pharmalogical modality’ for improving the psychological health of expectant mothers.
Participants recruited for the trials reported mild depressive systems, therefore larger studies may be needed to examine the effects of yoga on severe prenatal depression.
Read the review at fht.org.uk/IT-128-yoga-pregnancy
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