Tai Chi and Yoga Benefit Women With Prenatal Depression

by: Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Pregnant women suffering from depression in their second trimester slept better and experienced less depression and anxiety when they participated in a weekly yoga and tai chi practice, according to researchers from the University of Miami Medical School.

They conducted the study to determine whether a nonpharmaceutical intervention could successfully help pregnant women with a variety of symptoms. The tai chi and yoga participants practiced in a group for 20 minutes per week over a 12-week period. Control group members did not change their routine activities.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA’s mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author base...