Study Reveals Surprising Link Between Exercise and Postpartum Depression 

Exercise May Help Treat and Prevent Postpartum Depression

Regular bouts of moderate-intensity exercise may hold promise in treating and preventing postpartum depression, according to a comprehensive study spanning 11 countries. The research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, reveals that aerobic activities such as swimming, cycling, jogging, and dance were more effective in reducing postpartum depression than standard care.

This meta-analysis builds upon existing evidence supporting the positive impact of exercise on postpartum depression. The study emphasizes that exercise is not a substitute for primary treatments, especially in severe cases, where psychotherapy and antidepressants are crucial.

Surprisingly, the results indicate that exercise is not only effective in treating but also preventing postpartum depression. The study’s co-author, Renyi Liu, a PhD student and associate professor at the China University of Geosciences in Wuhan, notes, ”This reinforces the potential role of exercise in managing and preventing postpartum depression.”

The research suggests that an optimal exercise regimen involves 3–4 sessions per week at moderate intensity, lasting 35–45 minutes. Various forms of aerobic exercise, including running, dance, walking, swimming, cycling, and yoga, demonstrated effectiveness in both treatment and prevention. However, the yoga group did not show the same significant impact.

Postpartum depression affects 1 in 8 pregnancies and is often under-diagnosed, suggesting its prevalence may be higher than current estimates. While acknowledging the benefits of exercise, experts stress the importance of maintaining conventional treatments for severe cases of postpartum depression.

This study contributes valuable insights to the evolving understanding of postpartum depression management and prevention.

Read Also:

    Share This Article:

    Harsha Sharma

    Harsha is a senior content writer with numerous hobbies who takes great pride in spreading kindness. Earning a Postgraduate degree in Microbiology, she invests her time reading and informing people about various topics, particularly health and lifestyle. She believes in continuous learning, with life as her inspiration, and opines that experiences enrich our lives.

    Leave A Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *