Several research studies have shown that massage therapy alleviates depression in pregnant women. New research shows that women who suffer from anxiety or depression while pregnant give birth to low-birth weight babies who are more likely to die in infancy.
The study, which focused on women living in rural Bangladesh, provides the first finding of its kind in a non-Western population, according to a press release from BioMed Central, which publishes the open-access journal BMC Public Health in which the research ran.
The research indicates that mental-health issues are likely to be a primary contributor to infant mortality and poor child health, above poverty, malnutrition or low socio-economic status.
The study raises awareness of the significance of depression and anxiety leading to poor health in South Asian countries. It suggests that one way to reach the internationally-agreed Millennium Development Goal to reduce child mortality in the developing world would be to invest in mental health support services in this area, the press release noted.
Massage Benefits Depressed Pregnant Women