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Music therapy cuts stress in pregnancy

Music therapy can reduce psychological stress among pregnant women, research from Taiwan suggests.

Around 240 women who were between 18 and 34 weeks' pregnant were included in the study.

They were randomised either to music therapy – involving listening to four specially recorded CDs of music chosen to mimic the human heart rate for 30 minutes a day for two weeks - or not to receive the treatment.

Women listening to the music had a significant 2.15-point reduction on a 30-point perceived stress scale after two weeks, compared with a 0.92 fall in the controls. Music therapy also appeared to have benefits for anxiety and depression scores.

Journal of Clinical Nursing 2008:17;2580-87

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