Abstract Title:

Effects of yoga on anxiety and depression for high risk mothers on hospital bedrest.

Abstract Source:

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2020 Feb ;38:101079. Epub 2019 Dec 14. PMID: 32056815

Abstract Author(s):

Angela Gallagher, Daria Kring, Tracey Whitley

Article Affiliation:

Angela Gallagher


BACKGROUND: and purpose: In recent years, yoga practitioners have joined forces with medical programs to approach patients' well-being holistically. This study is a randomized controlled trial to assess the effects of a specialized adapted yoga program on anxiety and depression for high-risk expectant mothers on bedrest in a hospital setting.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy-nine pregnant subjects on physician ordered hospitalized bedrest were randomized into two groups: receiving biweekly yoga sessions (intervention group) or receiving no yoga (control group). Data collection tool was the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) to assess outcomes after delivery.

RESULTS: Yoga, even as little as three sessions, showed significant impact in reducing anxiety and depression high-risk pregnant women on hospitalized bedrest. Perceived anxiety and depression overall scores were lower in the intervention group than in the control group (p < 0.001).

CONCLUSION: Results demonstrated that yoga is an effective intervention to decrease anxiety and depression in high-risk antepartum women on hospitalized bedrest.

Study Type : Human Study

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