Study: This Much Exercise Helps Prevent & Treat Postpartum Depression
For the 1 in 8 women experiencing postpartum depression after a recent live birth, the struggle is real, yet often overlooked. Shockingly, nearly 60 percent of affected women do not receive a clinical diagnosis, with 50 percent of diagnosed women receiving no treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the often unspoken journey of postpartum depression (PPD), new research has illuminated a formidable ally – moderate aerobic exercise just three times a week. The meta-analysis drew from 26 studies and over 2,800 participants, highlighting the profound preventive and therapeutic effects of aerobic exercise on postpartum depression.
According to the study, the key to combatting postpartum depression lies in three to four exercise sessions per week, lasting 35 to 45 minutes, both during and after pregnancy. Whether you choose a solo fitness routine or join a group class, the benefits of aerobic exercise remain consistent.
Integration into the rhythms of motherhood is diverse and accessible. From the simplicity of walking or jogging combined with stretching to the joy of water aerobics classes, stroller walks, and even dancing – there’s a form of exercise for every lifestyle.
The study’s backdrop unravels the intricacies of previous research, addressing the inconsistencies in understanding the impact of aerobic exercise on postpartum depression. This research seeks to provide nuanced insights into exercise type, intensity, and individual differences for a more comprehensive exercise prescription.
Looking for an easy way to kickstart your pregnancy exercise routine? Check out these tips for dos and don’ts of pre and postnatal workouts.
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