Tai chi/yoga reduces prenatal depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances

Tiffany Field, Miguel Diego, Jeannette Delgado, Lissette Medina

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Abstract

Ninety-two prenatally depressed pregnant women were randomly assigned to a tai chi/yoga or a waitlist control group at an average of 22 weeks gestation. The tai chi/yoga group participated in a 20-min group session per week for 12 weeks. At the end of the treatment period the tai chi/yoga group had lower summary depression (CES-D) scores, as well as lower negative affect and somatic/vegetative symptoms subscale scores on the CES-D, lower anxiety (STAI) scores and lower sleep disturbances scores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-10
Number of pages5
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2013

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Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Prenatal depression
  • Sleep
  • Tai chi/yoga

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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