Going out and having fun is not always easy for new moms.
According to the Government of Canada, 7.5 per cent of Canadian women experience symptoms of depression during the postpartum period.
Fort Saskatchewan's Hot Mama Health and Fitness owner, Caitlin MacLean, is trying to change that.
MacLean began taking fitness classes every day at Hot Mama when her son was four-months-old. Upon returning to work after maternity leave, MacLean experienced a depression herself. This helped lead her to her decision to become an owner with Hot Mama Health and Fitness.
In an effort to battle the issue, new mothers are eligible for a month of free classes.
"The stigma of postpartum depression is hidden away, and it makes moms afraid to get out," said MacLean. "This is a way for women to get out and meet other moms, while also being active and fit."
Hot Mama offers modifications to their programming for expectant and newly-postpartum mothers.
Overall, 13 per cent of women had little or no support available to them during their pregnancy. Such women were more likely to smoke, consume alcohol, and experience physical or sexual abuse than women with social support.