Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Exercise programme helps new mums

An exercise and health-education programme can help new mums to feel happier and reduce their risk of postnatal depression. Researchers from the University of Melbourne studied 161 new mums. 62 of them did an hour of exercise with their babies - led by a physical therapist - followed by half an hour of parenting education once a week. 73 of the women received educational materials but did not take part in the classes and 26 received neither. There was a significant improvement in wellbeing scores and depressive symptoms in the women taking part in the exercise classes compared to the other two groups and the improvement continued four weeks after the completion of the programme. The number of women identified as at risk for potential depression before the classes started was reduced by 50% after the intervention.

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