Yoga shows promise for perinatal depression
“What we don’t want to do is have people fall through the cracks.”
A small pilot study finds evidence suggesting that yoga could help pregnant women with significant depression reduce the severity of the mood disorder.
Lead author Cynthia Battle says she learned in prior research that depressed pregnant women are often reluctant to use medications and some also have difficulty engaging in individual psychotherapy. When she asked them what other treatments they might find appealing, some mentioned yoga.
“This is really about trying to develop a wider range of options that suit women who are experiencing these kind of symptoms during pregnancy,” says Battle, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior in the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a psychologist at Butler and Women & Infants hospitals.
Read more about this and other studies on prenatal yoga in the Epoch Times