Exercise

In 2009, The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommended that pregnant and postpartum women engage in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week.

They have said that based on the available evidence it is concluded that while awaiting further high quality trial evidence it would seem appropriate for exercise to be recommended in combination with other treatments.

So although the evidence is not fully conclusive that exercise staves off postpartum depression and anxiety it is well documented that exercise is good for almost everyone.

Many psychiatrists agree that brisk walking and other appropriate exercises such swimming and yoga can assist in the healing process of depression and anxiety. Low impact aerobics are also beneficial for most pregnant women.

Every pregnant woman should consult her doctor about exercising in pregnancy and after birth. If you have not exercised consistently before your pregnancy you should consult a professional trainer after your doctor has given you the go ahead before starting and then start gradually remembering not to overdo it.

It has been said countless times, a healthy body and a healthy mind are connected. Do your best to stay healthy for your own good and that of your new little being.