To Your Health
July, 2017 (Vol. 11, Issue 07)
Depressed After Baby? Try Exercise
By Editorial Staff
Unless you've experienced postpartum depression firsthand, you can't really appreciate it. After all, who'd be depressed on the heels of bringing a sweet, innocent, beautiful child into the world? That's an all-too-common reaction that highlights the misconceptions people have about postpartum depression, a more severe form of "baby blues" that can manifest as depressed mood or mood swings, excessive crying, difficulty bonding with the baby, withdrawal from family / friends, feelings of worthlessness, extreme fatigue, and even thoughts of harming yourself and/or your child.
Fortunately, exercise may be an effective way to protect against postpartum depression and treat the symptoms, and the mother-to-be can start during pregnancy and continue after the birth of her child to achieve protective benefits. What's more, the exercise need not be extreme; research suggests even low-intensity physical activity such as walking may help reduce the risk.