The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending nearly half a million dollars for a study that will observe pregnant women as they walk.
The project, being conducted by Butler Hospital in Providence, R.I., is researching how a “gentle” workout regiment of light walking can help pregnant women not be depressed.
“The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly recommends regular physical activity throughout pregnancy, yet, in practice, many pregnant women are unsure of how to safely adhere to this recommendation,” a grant for the project states. “Findings from our research indicate that a tailored, supported physical activity intervention would be acceptable to depressed pregnant women and would be preferable over pharmacotherapy.”
Physical activity is “inexpensive, safe, and associated with multiple positive health outcomes,” the grant said.