Although the physical realisation of childbirth is common to women across the world it has a single and different meaning for every mother. In the time directly following childbirth, or the postpartum period as it is known, the quality of the mother’s life can be compromised unless appropriate supports are provided. The psychological health of the mother is of particular concern as a number of associated factors, like lack of partner support, social support and having a history of depression may lead to depressive symptomology in the mother.
Although there are an array of factors which may lead to the existence of postnatal depression, recent studies have begun to focus on two aspects: there are a number of studies that explore the quality of postpartum life together with the existence of postnatal depression (PND); and studies that address and evaluate available interventions designed to help overcome postnatal mood disorder and increase the quality of life following child birth. Several different interventions, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and antidepressant use have been examined across different studies.
In addition, because the antidepressant effect of exercise has been explored in the general population, new approaches and interventions, such as pram walking, have been considered to improve postpartum physical and mental health. Appropriate guidelines are required in order to deliver a suitable exercise program for mothers and expert advice is essential for such strategies. The specified exercise programs have to be tailored and delivered through professionals such as exercise physiologists.
This a recording of a webinar presented by ESSA on 27 February 2014.
As an accredited exercise physiologist, Maryam has worked in private clinics within multidisciplinary team under enhanced primary care plan and team care management plan for clients with multiple comorbidities and chronic conditions. In addition, she has been running her own business (Blue Clinic) and conducting exercise sessions for women’s with mental health condition since 2009. Maryam has also been a part of the ESSA Exercise Physiology Advisory Group since 2012.
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