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Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention During Pregnancy on Prenatal Stress and Mood
Results of a Pilot Study
by John Astin and Cassandra Vieten, PhD
Vieten C, and Astin J. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2008 Feb;11(1):67-74. Epub 2008 Mar 3.
Stress and negative mood during pregnancy increase risk for poor childbirth outcomes and postnatal mood problems and may interfere with mother-infant attachment and child development. However, relatively little research has focused on the efficacy of psychosocial interventions to reduce stress and negative mood during pregnancy. In this study, we developed and pilot tested an eight-week mindfulness-based intervention directed toward reducing stress and improving mood in pregnancy and early postpartum.