Blowing away the cobwebs…
— Emma Fitness, October 28, 2018
Did you know that Post Natal Depression affects 10-15% of women and it is a recognised mental health condition?
Pregnant women and new mothers in a quarter of the UK still have no access to specialist mental health services. Source: https://www.rcm.org.uk/news-views-and-analysis/news/maternal-mental-health-awareness
This is something that is very close to my heart as I was affected by it after the birth of my second child, Archie. With quick action from my health visitor, medication and counselling I was soon on my way to better health, I know others aren’t so lucky.
When I set up my Buggy Fitness class 11 years ago, I naively thought it was all about the exercise, but the years have taught me it is about so much more. Getting out in the fresh air and chatting amongst their peers are great mood boosters and can have a positive impact on mental health. The need to get outside is much greater during the winter months as the colder weather doesn't encourage us to leave a lovely warm home and exercise, but perhaps this means that new mum's could go hours before speaking to anyone in person.
Have you or do you know anyone that has recently had a baby? I would love to meet them at my next course which starts on 7th January 2019!