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Commentary on: Min W, Jiang C, Li Z, Wang Z. The effect of mindfulness-based interventions during pregnancy on postpartum mental health: a meta-analysis. J Affect Disord. 2023 Jun 15;331:452–460. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2023.03.053. Epub 2023 Mar 23.
Implications for practice and research
Mindfulness interventions may alleviate or prevent depression and anxiety among mentally healthy pregnant women, but evidence suggests they are less effective for women with a history of depression or perinatal depressive or anxiety symptoms.
Future research should include maternal physiological indicators, infant assessment data, and examine whether findings differ based on cultural context.
Postpartum depression is a serious mental health condition with potentially significant adverse consequences for maternal and infant well-being. Identifying interventions that reduce the risk for postpartum depression has critical implications for nursing practice. Min et al1 conducted a meta-analysis with the goal of investigating the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) during pregnancy on postpartum mental health. The study included several depression indicators, assessed …
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