Regular exercise is proven to have a positive benefit on mood. Moreover, meeting other new mothers can increase social support and decrease isolation. Look for prenatal or Mommy&Me exercise and yoga classes at local hospitals, community centers, gyms, and yoga studios. The following stroller-based exercise programs are designed specifically for mothers (and/or fathers) with their babies:
Long Distance Resources
Can’t find an expert close to home? Several resources are available online or via phone. Click HERE for more information.
DMV Perinatal Mental Health Resource Guide
This is a great resource for the Washington DC metropolitan area and includes listings of support groups, mental health professionals, and other resources for women experiencing PMADs. Learn more HERE.
Recognizing that military mothers – whether military spouses or active duty – face a higher risk of postpartum depression, several organizations have support services tailored specifically for military families:
- Postpartum Support International offers several kinds of support just for military mothers, including a weekly virtual support group and volunteers for each branch of the military. :
- Operation Special Delivery offers free doula support for military mothers.
- Give An Hour provides free mental health services to military members, veterans, and their families.