Can Exercise Help Prevent Postnatal Depression?
An in-depth review recently found that aerobic exercise may help prevent postnatal depression.
13 randomised controlled trials involving over 1500 participants were studied. The results showed that aerobic exercise had a significant effect in reducing depressive symptoms in mothers for up to a year after the birth of their child.
The usual treatment for post natal depression is medication in the form of antidepressants, or psychological therapy. But therapy can be difficult to access for many mothers, and some understandably don't want to go down the medication route.
On the other hand aerobic exercise, as well as helping with depression, has other benefits too.
You can read the full report of the review here.