Search JIM Advanced Search

Journal of Integrative Medicine ›› 2020, Vol. 18 ›› Issue (6): 470-477.doi: 10.1016/j.joim.2020.07.007

• Review • Previous Articles     Next Articles

Mindfulness interventions during pregnancy: A narrative review

Leandro Lucenaa, Cristina Frangeb, Ana Claudia Amorim Pintoa, Monica Levy Andersena, Sergio Tufika, Helena Hachula,c   

  1. a Department of Psychobiology, Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP), São Paulo 04023062, Brazil
    b Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP), São Paulo 04039002, Brazil
    c Department of Gynecology, Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP), São Paulo 04024002, Brazil
  • Received:2020-04-18 Accepted:2020-06-10 Online:2020-11-10 Published:2020-07-31
  • Contact: Helena Hachul E-mail:helenahachul@gmail.com

Pregnancy is a period of major transformations in a woman’s life; increased stress, and mood and sleep disorders are frequent. This review evaluates mindfulness interventions during pregnancy and their ability to help manage stress, anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, level of mindfulness and sleep quality. A search of English language scientific literature relevant to mindfulness interventions for pregnant women was conducted using PubMed, Scopus and Web of Science, without restriction on publication date. Inclusion criteria were randomized clinical trials with pregnant women, using mindfulness as an intervention for at least three weeks, in one of our main areas of interest, and using only validated scales to measure outcomes. Two hundred and thirty studies were identified in our searches of research databases, and thirteen were included in our analysis. We found a large diversity of mindfulness programs, heterogeneity among the instruments used to evaluate outcomes, and inconsistency in the gestational periods used in the studies. Mindfulness interventions were beneficial for stress, anxiety and depression. Mindfulness was also effective when applied in pregnant women with a history of depression or experiencing depression. Considering emotional regulation and the level of mindfulness, there were signs of improvement, but more studies are needed. None of the studies evaluated sleep quality. Our review provides information about current mindfulness programs, an overview of the effects of mindfulness interventions, a description of the measurements used so far, and recommendations for developing high-quality mindfulness protocols for pregnant women.

Key words: Mindfulness, Pregnancy, Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Sleep

[1] Olarewaju M. Oluba, Oghenerobor B. Akpor, Feyikemi D. Adebiyi, Sunday J. Josiah, Olayinka O. Alabi, Ayoola O. Shoyombo, Augustine O. Olusola. Effects of co-administration of Ganoderma terpenoid extract with chloroquine on inflammatory markers and antioxidant status in Plasmodium berghei-infected mice. Journal of Integrative Medicine, 2020, 18(6): 522-529.
[2] Toktam Sadat Firoozeei, Majid Barekatain, Mehrdad Karimi, Arman Zargaran, Shahin Akhondzadeh, Hossein Rezaeizadeh. Lavender and dodder combined herbal syrup versus citalopram in major depressive disorder with anxious distress: A double-blind randomized trial. Journal of Integrative Medicine, 2020, 18(5): 409-415.
[3] Louisa Sylvia, Emerson West, Allyson M. Blackburn, Carina Gupta, Eric Bui, Tara Mahoney, Geraldine Duncan, Edward C. Wright, Simon Lejeune, Thomas J. Spencer. Acceptability of an adjunct equine-assisted activities and therapies program for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury. Journal of Integrative Medicine, 2020, 18(2): 169-173.
[4] Gerli E.G. Herr, Fábio Goulart da Silva, Francisco José Cidral-Filho, Fabricia Petronilho, Lucinéia Gainski Danielski, Mariana Pereira de Souza Goldim, Afonso Shiguemi Inoue Salgado, Franciane Bobinski, Daniel Fernandes Martins, Eliane R. Winkelmann. Effects of the use of bioceramic wraps in patients with lower limb venous ulcers: A randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial. Journal of Integrative Medicine, 2020, 18(1): 27-.
[5] Gaëtan Olivier Fankem, Michel Archange Fokam Tagne, Paul Aimé Noubissi, Angèle Foyet Fondjo, Idrice Kamtchouing, Adela Ngwewondo, Henri Wambe, Joseph Ngakou Mukam, René Kamgang. Antioxidant activity of dichloromethane fraction of Dichrocephala integrifolia in Salmonella typhi-infected rats. Journal of Integrative Medicine, 2019, 17(6): 438-445.
[6] Naghmeh Yazdi, Alireza Salehi, Mina Vojoud, Mohammad Hossein Sharifi, Ayda Hoseinkhani. Use of complementary and alternative medicine in pregnant women: a cross-sectional survey in the south of Iran. Journal of Integrative Medicine, 2019, 17(6): 392-395.
[7] Álisson de Carvalho Gonçalves, Einy Jéssika Siqueira Moreira, Guilherme Vannucchi Portari. Benfotiamine supplementation prevents oxidative stress in anterior tibialis muscle and heart. Journal of Integrative Medicine, 2019, 17(6): 423-429.
[8] Pranay Soni, Rajesh Choudhary, Surendra H. Bodakhe. Effects of a novel isoflavonoid from the stem bark of Alstonia scholaris against fructose-induced experimental cataract. Journal of Integrative Medicine, 2019, 17(5): 374-382.
[9] Fang-yuan Wang, Jian Jia, Huan-huan Song, Cheng-ming Jia, Chang-bo Chen, Jing Ma. Icariin protects vascular endothelial cells from oxidative stress through inhibiting endoplasmic reticulum stress. Journal of Integrative Medicine, 2019, 17(3): 205-212.
[10] Pádraic J.Dunne, Julie Lynch, Lucia Prihodova, Caoimhe O'Leary, Atiyeh Ghoreyshi, Sharee A. Basdeo, Donal J.Cox, Rachel Breen, Ali Sheikhi, Áine Carroll, Cathal Walsh, Geraldine McMahon, Barry White. Burnout in the emergency department: Randomized controlled trial of an attention-based training program. Journal of Integrative Medicine, 2019, 17(3): 173-180.
[11] Jillian Marie McDowell, Susan Heather Kohut, Debra Betts . Safe acupuncture and dry needling during pregnancy: New Zealand physiotherapists’ opinion and practice. Journal of Integrative Medicine, 2019, 17(1): 30-37.
[12] Che Badariah Abd Aziz, Siti Qusyasyiah Ahmad Suhaimi, Hidani Hasim, Asma Hayati Ahmad, Idris Long, Rahimah Zakaria. Effects of Tualang honey in modulating nociceptive responses at the spinal cord in offspring of prenatally stressed rats. Journal of Integrative Medicine, 2019, 17(1): 66-70.
[13] Lucky Legbosi Nwidu, Yibala Ibor Oboma. Telfairia occidentalis (Cucurbitaceae) pulp extract mitigates rifampicin-isoniazid-induced hepatotoxicity in an in vivo rat model of oxidative stress. Journal of Integrative Medicine, 2019, 17(1): 46-56.
[14] L. Elisabeth Burton, Fares Qeadan, Mark R. Burge. Efficacy of equine-assisted psychotherapy in veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Integrative Medicine, 2019, 17(1): 14-19.
[15] J.M. Oliver-Baxter, H.S. Whitford, D.A. Turnbull, M.J. Bond. Effects of vitamin supplementation on inflammatory markers and psychological wellbeing among distressed women: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Integrative Medicine, 2018, 16(5): 322-328.
Viewed
Full text


Abstract

Cited

  Shared   
  Discussed   
[1] Hao Li, Ming-jiang Yao, Wen-ming Zhao, Jie Guan, Lin-lin Cai, Ling Cui. A randomized, controlled, double-blind trial of Huannao Yicong capsule in senile patients with mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine, 2008, 6(1): 25-31
[2] Jun Hu, Jian-ping Liu. Non-invasive physical treatments for chronic/recurrent headache. Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine, 2008, 6(1): 31
[3] Jun Cai, Hua Wang, Sheng Zhou, Bin Wu, Hua-rong Song, Zheng-rong Xuan. Effect of Sijunzi Decoction and enteral nutrition on T-cell subsets and nutritional status in patients with gastric cancer after operation: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine, 2008, 6(1): 37-40
[4] Dong Yang, Yong-ping Du, Qing Shen, Wei Chen, Yan Yu, Guang-lei Chen. Expression of alpha-smooth muscle actin in renal tubulointerstitium in patients with kidney collateral stasis. Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine, 2008, 6(1): 41-44
[5] Xue-mei Liu, Qi-fu Huang, Yun-ling Zhang, Jin-li Lou, Hong-sheng Liu, Hong Zheng. Effects of Tribulus terrestris L. saponion on apoptosis of cortical neurons induced by hypoxia-reoxygenation in rats. Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine, 2008, 6(1): 45-50
[6] Zhi-chun Jin. Problems in establishing clinical guideline for integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine. Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine, 2008, 6(1): 5-8
[7] SUN Ming-yu, ZUO Jian, DUAN Ji-feng, HAN Jun, FAN Shi-ming, ZHANG Wei, ZHU Li-fang, YAO Ming-hui. Antitumor activities of kushen flavonoids in vivo and in vitro. Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine, 2008, 6(1): 51-59
[8] Wei Zhang, Xiang-feng Lu, Xiao-mei Zhang, Jian-jun Wu, Liang-duo Jiang. A rat model of pulmonary fibrosis induced by infusing bleomycin quickly through tracheal intubation. Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine, 2008, 6(1): 60-67
[9] Hai-feng Wei, Bai-liu Ya, Ling Zhao, Cui-fei Ye, Li Zhang, Lin Li. Evaluation of tongue manifestation of blood stasis syndrome and its relationship with blood rheological disorder in a rat model of transient brain ischemia. Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine, 2008, 6(1): 73-76
[10] Guo-hong Yuan, Xiao-jing Pang, He-chao Ma. Synergic effects of Danggui Buxue Decoction in reducing toxicity of cytoxan in tumor-bearing mice. Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine, 2008, 6(1): 83-88