Tai Chi and Yoga Benefit Women With Prenatal Depression

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Apr 29, 2013

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.

The study findings appeared in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice (2013; 19 [1], 6–10).

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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 based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at www.shirleyarcher.com.