Mind-body interventions during pregnancy
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

OBJECTIVE: To examine published evidence on the effectiveness of mind-body interventions during pregnancy on perceived stress, mood, and perinatal outcomes. DATA SOURCES: Computerized searches of PubMed, Cinahl, PsycINFO, and the Cochrane Library. STUDY SELECTION: Twelve out of 64 published intervention studies between 1980 and February 2007 of healthy, adult pregnant women met criteria for review. DATA EXTRACTION AND SYNTHESIS: Studies were categorized by type of mind-body modality used. Progressive muscle relaxation was the most common intervention. Other studies used a multimodal psychoeducation approach or a yoga and meditation intervention. The research contained methodological problems, primarily absence of a randomized control group or failure to adequately control confounding variables. Nonetheless, there was modest evidence for the efficacy of mind-body modalities during pregnancy. Treatment group outcomes included higher birthweight, shorter length of labor, fewer instrument-assisted births, and reduced perceived stress and anxiety. CONCLUSIONS: There is evidence that pregnant women have health benefits from mind-body therapies used in conjunction with conventional prenatal care. Further research is necessary to build on these studies in order to predict characteristics of subgroups that might benefit from mind-body practices and examine cost effectiveness of these interventions on perinatal outcomes.

Author(s): 
Beddoe, Amy E.
Lee, Kathryn A.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing: JOGNN
Journal Abbreviation: 
J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs
Publication Date: 
2008-04
Publication Year: 
2008
Pages: 
165-175
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
2
ISSN: 
0884-2175
DOI: 
10.1111/j.1552-6909.2008.00218.x
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 18336440

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Amy E. Beddoe and Kathryn A. Lee. 2008-04. "Mind-body interventions during pregnancy." Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing: JOGNN 37: 2: 165-175. 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2008.00218.x.

Wikipedia Citation

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