Exercising during Pregnancy can help with depression

Yep, the study is in . . . exercising during pregnancy can help relieve depression both prenatally and postnatally. If it’s too hot to take a walk or you can’t make it to a prenatal yoga class, consider using an exercise ball. Mary Lou’s Get on the Ball video is the perfect way to roll the hips bringing in a good blood supply, to stretch, to relax the back, and to release body tension. It’s extremely affordable and it’s set up in a format where you can download it to your ipod even. It really is exercising made easy and you’ll use that ball during birth and afterwards!

About the Study . . .
A study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine was conducted on a multi-ethnic group of women during and after their pregnancies. It found that over the course of a pregnancy, there were significant declines in the womens’ health, including a reduction in their ability to perform daily routines and an increase in the incidence of depression.

The researchers found that exercise is an effective way to prevent or mitigate the impact of these changes, and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day for pregnant women at least several days a week. The recommendation is particularly important for lower-income women, who are more at risk for depression during pregnancy.

Reference
Blackwell Publishing Ltd. (2005, April 2). Pregnant Women Should Exercise To Keep Depression Away. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 3, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2005/03/050326003922.htm

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