One in five women in Australia will suffer from postnatal depression or anxiety. Postnatal depression can develop as a result of an imbalance of hormones during and after pregnancy. Studies held at the University of Melbourne have proven that tailored exercise programmes provided by a Physiotherapist, combined with general exercise routines can decrease the risk of maternal postnatal depression by nearly 50%.
A group of 161 postnatal women were split into two separate groups. One group was given an eight week Mother and Baby program with exercises provided by a Physiotherapist, whilst the other group was given post birth educational information. The psychological well-being of both groups was assessed during and after completion of the programmes.
It was found that those that had taken part in the Mother and Baby program displayed a significant improvement in their overall well-being and their symptoms of depression decreased. Proving that exercises provided by a Physiotherapist reduce the risk of postnatal depression, this is fantastic news for those that like to exercise! Our Physiotherapists can tailor an exercise programme to suit your individual needs and assist you during this time.