Postpartum yoga practicing may have a profound and positive effect in reduced risk and treatment of
postpartum depression, epidemiological studies suggested.
Postpartum depression is medical condition suffered by a mother following childbirth, as a result of hormonal changes and psychological adjustment to motherhood,......affecting Up to 20% of women.
Yoga, the ancient practical technique for harmonized external and internal body well beings, through breath control, meditation, bodily movement and gesture..... has been best known for people in Western world and some parts in Asia due to health benefits reported by various respectable institutes' research and supported by health advocates.
In a study of 57 postpartum women with scores ≥12 on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale randomly assigned to a yoga class consisted of 16 classes over 8 weeks.(N = 28) or wait-list control (N = 29) group, researchers found that yoga group demonstrated a significantly greater rate of improvement in depression, anxiety, and HRQOL, in compared to the control and 78% of women in the yoga group experienced clinically significant change, according to the Reliable Change Index analyses.
Indeed, yoga participation in deep relaxation and meditation creates a state of self consciousness
to cope with psychological stress caused by postpartum depression by accepting the presence with the positive feelings and dealing the situation with love and care.
Psychologically, yoga breathing and mediation promoted central nervous system calmness and relaxation may have strong implications in reduced psychic symptoms such as anxiety, depression, stress...improving sleep pattern, particularly in relieving sleep deprivation, one of major risk factor of postpartum depression.
More importantly, Dr. MacDonald C, in study of "mother and baby yoga is good for you" suggested that postpartum yoga class can also benefits both mother and baby.
Truly, with the mother and baby attended the class together, yoga exercise not only induced a strong bond and improved relationship between mother and baby but also brought the mother back to the presence in loving and caring of the baby in the natural motherhood consciousness, through deep breathing and meditation.
There is no doubt that yoga stretching and posturing also had a profound and therapeutic effect in restoring the pelvic floor and strengthened the abdomen and reduced physical pain in the mother as a result of muscles over stretch in months of pregnancy and improved the baby digestive system and physical health, acceptance of new environment and interaction with mother and "class mate".
Dr. Ko YL the led authors said, "physical activities benefited the physical and mental health of postpartum women and enhanced their quality of life".
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(1) Mother and baby yoga is good for you by MacDonald C.(PubMed)
(2) Community-based postpartum exercise program by Ko YL1, Yang CL, Fang CL, Lee MY, Lin PC.(PubMed)
(3) Efficacy of yoga for depressed postpartum women: A randomized controlled trial by Buttner, M1, Brock RL2, O'Hara MW2, Stuart S3(PubMed)