Depression affects up to 23% of pregnant women and is associated with adverse physical/mental health outcomes for both the mother and baby. Depressed pregnant women may be more likely to engage in unhealthy lifestyle behaviors that contribute to an increased risk for chronic disease. Little is known regarding depressed pregnant women’s perceptions, uses of, and interests in complementary health approaches. Study participants (mean age 28.7 ± 6.8; n = 1032) included pregnant women ≥8 weeks gestation who responded to a survey assessing physical and mental health and wellness practices. Of those completing the survey, depressed pregnant women (n = 272) had significantly higher levels of anxiety (P <.001) and stress (P <.001) and had poorer sleep quality (P <.001), mindfulness (P <.001), and social support (P <.001) compared to nondepressed pregnant women (n = 760). A majority (84%) of depressed pregnant women would consider using a complementary health approach for weight and/or stress management during pregnancy, and more than 50% were interested in yoga.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2017|
- complementary and alternative medicine
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Complementary and alternative medicine