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J Ardabil Univ Med Sci 2003, 3(4): 44-48 Back to browse issues page
The Effect of Physical Exercise on Mild Postpartum Depression among Women Referring to Ardabil Health Centers, 2002
Afrouz Mardi , Parviz Molavi, Zahra Tazakori, Mehrnaz Mashoufi, Nayereh Aminisani
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 Background & Objective: Postpartum depression is a problematic and important disease and if not recognized and treated on time, it can be aggravated or chronic. Exercise is strongly recommended in this regard to prevent any family disorders and improve the health of mother, child and family. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of exercise on mild postpartum depression among women referring to Ardabil health centers.

  Methods : This study was a double blind clinical trial. About 50 subjects with normal vaginal delivery were selected. The subjects had referred to health canters in the second week after delivery and were diagnosed to have mild depression using Beck depression test. They were randomly divided into two groups (exercise and non-exercise). Then Beck test was done 6 weeks after delivery again and the results were compared in two groups.

  Results : The findings indicated that between mildly depressed mothers, 36% were 26-30 years old, 82% were housekeeper, 44% had under diploma education, 60% had two previous deliveries. 56% of exercise group and 32% of non-exercise group were treated. 8% of experimental subjects and 18% of control ones needed psychological consultation 6 weeks after delivery. T-test showed significant differences between two groups (p<0.05).

  Conclusion : Results showed that exercise had a positive effect on the treatment of mild postpartum depression. As a result it is recommended strongly in postpartum care.

Keywords: Exercise, Mild Depression, Postpartum
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Type of Study: article | Subject: Special
Received: 2003/05/27 | Accepted: 2004/03/4 | Published: 2004/05/3


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