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Exercise reduces risk of postnatal depression

Researchers have found that exercise for women during the first three months after giving birth reduced risk of postnatal depression by 50%.

The study divided 161 postnatal women with no previous depressive symptoms into two separate groups to test the effect of a physiotherapist-led exercise and education program on well-being. Participants of both groups were assessed for psychological wellbeing.

There were significant improvements in well-being scores and depressive symptoms in the group that received specialised physiotherapy exercises combined with parenting education compared with the “education only” group.

Read more at University of Melbourne

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