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Community-based postpartum exercise program.
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PMID:  23398359     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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.
Yi-Li Ko; Chi-Li Yang; Chin-Lung Fang; Mei-Ying Lee; Pi-Chu Lin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-2-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical nursing     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2702     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Nurs     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-2-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9207302     Medline TA:  J Clin Nurs     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan.
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