Use Of Red Light Therapy During Pregnancy Is Beneficial
One of the main reasons for the increasing popularity of red light therapy among medical professionals and consumers is its impeccable safety profile. Not only is it effective in treating a variety of diseases and health problems, but it is unanimously considered completely safe, non-invasive and has no serious side effects.
But is bright light therapy safe during pregnancy and the postpartum period?
The answer is that it is as safe for pregnant women as anyone else. A study of 16 pregnant women with depressive symptoms showed that after working under 10,000 lux lights for 60 minutes a day for 3-5 weeks, their symptoms were reduced by 50%. A Swedish study of 27 women, some of whom were asked to sit under a placebo red light, saw similar results in patients who sat under bright light.
Depression may be on the rise in pregnant and postpartum women who otherwise do not experience depressive symptoms due to pregnancy's hormonal changes. You may develop depression during pregnancy if you experience some of the following symptoms:
a feeling of long-term sadness,
difficulty concentrating ,
sleep problems, getting too little or too much sleep,
Anxiety Loss of interest in usually pleasurable activities
Although depression during pregnancy can affect the mental, emotional, and physical health of the mother and growing fetus, many women remain reluctant to take medication to relieve depression. red light therapy can help for those who may wish to relieve some symptoms of depression in a more natural way.
Many health care professionals tend to recommend against any type of laser treatment during pregnancy, and that's not because there's evidence that it's not safe. In fact, evidence for this effect is conspicuously lacking. They just err on the side of caution, and rightfully so, until there is more evidence to the contrary. After all, while the aforementioned studies found no evidence that laser treatments are harmful during pregnancy, it’s important to note that only 22 studies have covered this topic in nearly 60 years.
So what’s our conclusion? We recommend talking to your OB/GYN about whether red light therapy is safe for you to use during pregnancy. They may not recommend it. And we think that’s ok. Why? Two Reasons.
- Light therapy is great for pregnant women with depression, and the side effects are also very good. The authors do note that there are no studies evaluating the risks of light therapy to the fetus. However, they argue that because one hour of phototherapy provides light similar to one hour of outdoor sunlight, the treatment should not pose any risk to the fetus. They further noted that, for patients with winter depression, a regular 1-hour morning walk outside provided a therapeutic effect similar to that of a light box.
- pregnancy is not a permanent state,Stopping your red light therapy treatment for a few months is perfectly fine - there are no withdrawal effects, and because of the nature of how red light therapy functions, the effects can last for some time after pausing treatment. you can start or resume treatment immediately after delivery without missing a beat. In fact, red light therapy has been shown to help with a number of postpartum issues, including:
Nipple pain during breastfeeding
Postoperative pain from cesarean
Healing episiotomy wounds
Postpartum hair loss
So,An at-home red light therapy device is the convenient and economical choice for virtually everyone - and if there’s anyone that can appreciate convenience and economizing,More importantly, it’s safe.