Pregnancy massage reduces prematurity, low birthweight and postpartum depression

Tiffany M Field, Miguel A Diego, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Osvelia Deeds, Barbara Figueiredo

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Abstract

Pregnant women diagnosed with major depression were given 12 weeks of twice per week massage therapy by their significant other or only standard treatment as a control group. The massage therapy group women versus the control group women not only had reduced depression by the end of the therapy period, but they also had reduced depression and cortisol levels during the postpartum period. Their newborns were also less likely to be born prematurely and low birthweight, and they had lower cortisol levels and performed better on the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment habituation, orientation and motor scales.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)454-460
Number of pages7
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

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Keywords

  • Low birthweight
  • Postpartum depression
  • Pregnancy massage
  • Prematurity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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