The first few days after having a baby can be rough. Hormones go haywire, regular sleep schedules don’t exist, and it becomes difficult to summon the energy necessary for welcoming a new human to the world. Sometimes, though, the “baby blues” drag on for weeks and can lead to a diagnosis of postpartum depression (PPD). And it’s far from uncommon; 1 in 7 women, even those who have never had a depressive episode in their life, have experienced PPD.
Exercise, however, can help stave off some of those struggles, according to a June study released in the journal Birth. In a new analysis of existing data from 1996 to 2016, researchers found that moms who were physically active during pregnancy and after birth experienced fewer depressive symptoms.
And though getting up and exercising can seem impossible when you’re feeling down, the study points out it doesn’t take a love of working out to reap the positive cognitive benefits of regular physical activity. Women in the trials experienced benefits from a…
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