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Antenatal depression: a rationale for studying exercise.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21394856     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Major depressive disorder (MDD) in pregnancy or antenatal depression poses unique treatment challenges and has serious consequences for mothers, unborn babies, and families when untreated. This review presents current knowledge on exercise during pregnancy, antidepressant effects of exercise, and the rationale for the specific study of exercise for antenatal depression.
METHOD: A systematic literature review was performed using English language articles published in Medline, PsycINFO, CINAHL, and the Cochrane Library from 1985 to January 2010.
RESULTS: There is a broad literature supporting the antidepressant effects of exercise, but a paucity of studies specifically for antenatal depression. A small number of observational studies have reported that regular physical activities improve self-esteem and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression during pregnancy. To date, there have not been randomized controlled studies of exercise for the treatment of MDD in pregnant women.
CONCLUSIONS: Systematic studies are needed to assess exercise as a treatment alternative for MDD during pregnancy. In consideration of the benefits of exercise for the mother and baby, and the burden of depression, studies are needed to determine the role of exercise for pregnant women with depression.
Geetha Shivakumar; Anna R Brandon; Peter G Snell; Patricia Santiago-Muñoz; Neysa L Johnson; Madhukar H Trivedi; Marlene P Freeman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Review     Date:  2010-12-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Depression and anxiety     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1520-6394     ISO Abbreviation:  Depress Anxiety     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-11     Completed Date:  2011-07-27     Revised Date:  2014-09-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9708816     Medline TA:  Depress Anxiety     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  234-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
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MeSH Terms
Depressive Disorder, Major / diagnosis,  psychology,  therapy*
Exercise / psychology*
Pregnancy Complications / diagnosis,  psychology,  therapy*
Treatment Outcome
Young Adult
Grant Support
1 UL1 RR024982-01/RR/NCRR NIH HHS; 1K23MH085007-02/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; 5R01MH067692-04/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; K23 MH085007-01A1/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; K23 MH085007-02/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; R01 MH067692/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; R01 MH067692-01/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; UL1 RR024982-01/RR/NCRR NIH HHS

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