Yoga can help reduce depression in pregnant women and boost maternal bonding, reports The Daily Mail.
Mindfulness yoga may offer effective treatment for depressed mums-to-be, research from the University of Michigan has revealed.
The surge in hormones during pregnancy is known to contribute to mood swings. One in five pregnant women reportedly experience depression symptoms.
Mindfulness yoga is a combination of meditation and physical poses and has been proven to be a good way to combat stress and boost energy levels.
The mums observed in the study took part in a 10-week programme,. They reported significant relief from depressive symptoms and a stronger attachment to their babies in the womb.
“We hear about pregnant women trying yoga to reduce stress but there’s no data on how effective this method is,” said lead author Maria Muzik.
“Out work provides promising first evidence that mindfulness yoga may be an effective alternative to pharmaceutical treatment for pregnant women showing signs of depression,” she added.
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