Community-based postpartum exercise program

Yi Li Ko, Chi Li Yang, Chin Lung Fang, Mei Ying Lee, Pi Chu Lin

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Aims and objectives: To evaluate the effectiveness of an exercise programme for postpartum women to lose weight and relieve fatigue and depression. Background: The optimal period for weight loss is six months postpartum. However, most women cannot return to their pre-pregnancy fitness level within that period of time. Design: A quasi-experimental one-group pretest-post-test design was carried out. Methods: A convenience sampling method was used to recruit 28 women at 2-6 months postpartum. The 'Yoga and Pilates Exercise Programme for Postpartum Woman' was designed for this study and was delivered in group sessions once a week for three months (12 times total) for 60 minutes each time by a professional coach. Of the participants, 23 completed the entire program. The participants' body composition and levels of depression and fatigue were measured before and after the programme to identify differences. Results: Women in the high-score group showed a significant decrease of 6.71 ± 5.71 points (t = 3.113, p = 0.021) in the depression score after participating in the exercise programme. No significant difference was found for the level of fatigue before and after the exercise programme (p > 0.05). Significant reductions in the participants' body weight, body fat percentage, fat mass and basic metabolic rate were observed after the exercise programme (p <0.001). Conclusions: These physical activities benefited the physical and mental health of postpartum women and enhanced their quality of life. Relevance to clinical practice: It is worthwhile promoting a yoga and Pilates exercise programme for postpartum women in communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2122-2131
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Volume22
Issue number15-16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

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Postnatal Care
Postpartum Period
Exercise
Yoga
Fatigue
Depression
Program Evaluation
Body Composition
Adipose Tissue
Weight Loss
Mental Health
Fats
Body Weight
Quality of Life
Weights and Measures
Pregnancy

Keywords

  • Pilates
  • Postpartum depression
  • Postpartum exercise
  • Postpartum fatigue
  • Yoga

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  • Nursing(all)

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Ko, Y. L., Yang, C. L., Fang, C. L., Lee, M. Y., & Lin, P. C. (2013). Community-based postpartum exercise program. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22(15-16), 2122-2131. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.12117

Community-based postpartum exercise program. / Ko, Yi Li; Yang, Chi Li; Fang, Chin Lung; Lee, Mei Ying; Lin, Pi Chu.

In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, Vol. 22, No. 15-16, 08.2013, p. 2122-2131.

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Ko, YL, Yang, CL, Fang, CL, Lee, MY & Lin, PC 2013, 'Community-based postpartum exercise program', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol. 22, no. 15-16, pp. 2122-2131. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.12117
Ko, Yi Li ; Yang, Chi Li ; Fang, Chin Lung ; Lee, Mei Ying ; Lin, Pi Chu. / Community-based postpartum exercise program. In: Journal of Clinical Nursing. 2013 ; Vol. 22, No. 15-16. pp. 2122-2131.
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