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Maternal Mental Health

Maternal Mental Health

For most women, having a baby is one of the most important things in their life and it really is. But when our mental health is affected during this period, a woman may find it difficult to cope with her day-to-day life. 

First and foremost, if you feel identified with any mental health issue or believe that a friend or family member may be struggling. At Le Fit Mom we offer our full support and community warmth, to help you through this difficult period. You’re not alone!

Let’s talk about some data:

Did you know that 1 in 5 women will suffer from mental health issues during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth?

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD). PMADs may include: postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder, postpartum bipolar disorder and postpartum psychosis.

It is estimated that 7 in 10 women hide or minimize their symptoms. Without understanding, support and treatment, these mental health problems have a devastating impact on affected women and their partners and families.

The most common signs of anxiety and depression include: 

  • Irritability or anger
  • Excessive worry and guilt
  • Inability to relax
  • Hypervigilance
  • Sleep problems
  • Sadness
  • Panic attacks
  • Repetitive thoughts
  • Crying
  • Fearfulness
  • Obsessive intrusive thoughts
  • Indecisiveness
  • Thoughts of harm to self or others

A woman experiencing peripartum (the period preceding or following childbirth) depression usually has several of these symptoms that might change depending on whom. These symptoms may cause new mothers to feel isolated, guilty, or ashamed. In order to be diagnosed with peripartum depression, symptoms must begin during pregnancy or within four weeks following delivery. 

What can we do to improve these conditions?

A study in which researchers from the Faculty of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (INEF- UPM), have participated shows that physical activity during pregnancy improves mental health and reduces the appearance of anxiety and prenatal and postpartum depression in pregnant women: 

‘’The result is conclusive: physical activity improves the mental health of pregnant women, especially when supervised by a physical activity professional.’’

At Le Fit Mom we defend that a healthy lifestyle keeps us on the right track. Regular exercise and a balanced diet is the key to success:

  • Look for help. If you feel you can’t face the situation, contact an expert.
  • Incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Low-intensity exercise sustained over time starts a biological cascade of events that results in many health benefits like protecting against heart disease and diabetes, improving sleep, and lowering blood pressure. The challenge is to start!
  • Look for a coach’s support. It’s always easier to start if you have an expert by your side. Eva Rogel, our expert in prenatal and postnatal fitness and rehabilitation will help you in all the process. 
  • Start a nutritional plan. Start a balanced diet with a dietitian. The specialist will  provide you the menu taking into account your preferences, so it will help you to save time when doing the grocery.

Good news is that there are a lot of things to do to start recovering from Prenatal and Postpartum Depression. At Le Fit Mom we help moms to prevent and overcome this condition with a bespoke training and nutrition plan.

If you want us to guide you through the best exercise options for you don’t hesitate to contact us or follow our tips on Instagram and Facebook.

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