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Postpartum Depression. Can Exercise Help Women Deal With It?

What is Postpartum Depression? The entire cycle of getting pregnant and giving birth can be quite a frightening experience for women.

Millions of mothers over the years suffer from postpartum depression.

There are other approaches to deal with postpartum depression such as anti-depressants or going to a psychologist. But there are very few mothers who’d like to go on medication post-birth, especially while they are nursing. 

Hence these options aren’t very effective.

Exercising isn’t a solution, but it surely can aid in dealing with postpartum depression. Improving physical self-being can go a long way when it comes to postpartum depression.

How to deal with Postpartum Depression?

Being physically active and exercising regularly can elevate one’s mood to a big extent. Going to the gym, once cleared with the doctor is beneficial. Not only will it help women improve their mood, but it will also help them get in shape post-pregnancy.

Getting out of shape during pregnancy can be quite harsh on some women. Seeing their body expand more than what it usually is can be quite a terrifying experience that can contribute to depression. Here the only thing that will help is being physically active and eating right.

Exercises like walking, swimming, cycling, and yoga are the best when it comes to dealing with depression in young mothers.

These are all low impact physical activities that should be done regularly to see positive effects. Once a young mother is regular in her exercises, she will see a change in the shape of her body which will help her feel good and less depressed.

Exercising is a great way of redirecting your negative emotions and turning them into positive emotions. It gives them something to focus on besides pregnancy. Exercising and reaching goals will slowly shift their mind off the stressful things.

Dealing with postpartum depression is not something that a woman can brush away. She needs to face it and find ways to deal with it so that she can live a better life. Even though the option of going to a professional to seek help is always there, there is a stigma attached to it.

Keeping that in mind, women should consider exercise as their best option. Exercising keeps one feeling alive and fresh. It will make you feel great about yourself and help you lead a much better life. 

The power of exercising is unbelievable. When a study was performed on women who weren’t showing symptoms of postpartum depression, signs of a reduction in depression were seen.

Exercising should be low impact and done carefully, but it should be regular. The trick is to get women to start exercising. It can be a challenge, but once they see the results in other women, they too may be motivated to do the same.

Physical activities can go a long way in treating postpartum depression. It is the best anti-depressant out there.

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Nidhi Patel