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Workout Brings End to Baby Blues

JUNE 16, 2005 -- Cenelle Clark is a health and wellness instructor at Mount Union College, a personal trainer, and a mother of two. After the birth of her first son, Cenelle experienced severe baby blues.

"Isolation, alienation, overwhelming you know. After having the baby I'm not quite sure what to do with this new life," says Clark.

Baby blues affects nearly 80 percent of women who have healthy babies.

"The baby blues is something that happens after the baby is born and it can be feelings of being very depressed or feeling very elated," says Dr. Miriam Rosenthal.

Symptoms last about two weeks after pregnancy, and there are a number of causes.

"From biological changes, emotional, psychological changes as well as environmental changes. It kind of flips your world upside down. It's very treatable, not only always with medicines," says Dr. Rosenthal.

So Cenelle turned to experience.

"The way I combatted those symptoms was through exercise and prayer," says Clark.

She made an exercise video to help other women not only rid themselves of baby fat, but also find mental and spiritual peace. With a plan in place, she was prepared when her second baby came and the symptoms returned.

"It's natural. It's okay. You're gonna experience those things but acknowledge it and there's something you can do about it."

Courtesy NBC Network 

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