Staying Safe While Using A Jogging Stroller

safe-running-strollerWe all know how beneficial running can be as an aerobic exercise, but for new parents it is hard to find the time to look after the kids while also getting in a workout. It can also be inconvenient to find a sitter just to go out for a jog. This is one reason why parents who like to run look into purchasing a jogging stroller. It makes a lot of sense, something that lets you both get out of the house and run while also letting you keep an eye on the little ones and letting them enjoy the outdoors with you.  It is also a great way to introduce your little ones to the importance of exercise and to show them a positive example that will imprint on them how living healthy can also be a fun experience.  Running strollers are a great way to achieve this.

Of course safety is always a primary concern and one question that most parents have is just how safe are these types of strollers? Can they handle the increased pace without tipping over? Are they ease to control, stop, and maneuver? These are all valid points, but fortunately today’s strollers are well equipped to handle different speeds and terrains to provide a safe and comfortable ride for children.  There are also some very useful running stroller tips that will help ensure a safe and fun adventure for your children.  The key, however, is to find a jogging stroller that is equipped for maximum protection and control.

Jogging Stroller Safety Features

Quality running strollers are engineered to go above and beyond ordinary walking strollers to give you a better ride and enhanced handling. Some of the features that you might find include:

Suspension

Advanced suspension systems provide a comfortable ride for kids while also giving parents an easy to control stroller that does not bounce all over the place. The handle stays level over a wide variety of different types of terrain so the runner can maintain proper grip.

Larger Wheels

Jogging strollers also come with bigger, and often air filled tires to better handle rougher terrain and pavement conditions. This allows parents to traverse bumpier gravel if needed. Coupled with the suspension, the bigger wheels make it easier to get over any small obstacles you may encounter while maintaining control.

Hand Brakes

Top jogging strollers also come with brakes similar to a bike that can be operated on the handle bar. This helps take the stress off of the runner if necessary and makes coming to a complete stop a much simpler task.

Adjustable Front Wheel

Most of the top models also come with a front wheel that can either lock in place for fast, straight line running, or it can be unlocked and allowed to swivel for greater maneuverability. Always being in control and being able to avoid dangerous situations is something that all runners need.

Some Other Features To Look For

Safety is always the most crucial element when buying a jogging stroller, but there are some other aspects that may help you get the most out of your stroller. Weight, ease of use, storage, cup holders, how easy it is to store, and how easy it is to clean are all factors that should be considered when buying a new piece of fitness equipment. Luckily there are numerous choices that should fit the needs of just about anybody looking to buy a new stroller. BOB, Baby Trend, Baby Jogger, Kolcraft and Joovy all make quality models that are among some of the top rated jogging strollers.

Running is a time tested way to get back into shape for new moms, and for those who love to get outdoors and workout then investing in a new jogging stroller makes perfect sense. They are designed to handle the different stress that running at a faster pace presents while also giving your kids a fun and adventurous way to enjoy the activity with you. We have made use of jogging strollers with both of our little ones, and we highly recommend it for anyone looking to get back into shape. It is a fantastic way for us to spend quality, healthy time with our family. While we do enjoy our baking, we also try to stay balanced with exercise, and we hope that you do too. Your kids will thank you.

Below is a terrific video that explains what running can do for your physical and mental health and why having a jogging stroller is a great release for a lot of parents to help deal with the added pressures of being a parent.

The Dangers Of Postpartum Depression For New Mothers

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A moderate to severe depressive episode suffered by mothers that have just given birth is called postpartum depression. An estimated 10% to 15% of new mothers will suffer from this form of depression and if left untreated it can last for weeks, months or even years. It may not be evident right away and may not develop until a year after having a child, a stillbirth or a miscarriage. Giving birth causes a women’s hormone levels to fluctuate drastically and it can lead to wild mood swings and a heightened emotional state. These dramatic changes can leave a woman vulnerable to postpartum depression. It is crucial to know the risk factors, symptoms and treatment options so that proper help can be sought in a timely manner should you or a loved one suffer from this type of depression.

Postpartum depression is different than and should not be confused with the normal “baby blues” that is frequently experienced by new mothers. By some estimates, up to75% of women will have these “baby blues” within the first two weeks after giving birth and they may include feelings of being overwhelmed, brought to tears rather easily, irritability, sadness and an inability to sleep. Since this is a common event for new mothers it is not considered a disorder or an illness and it usually passes in a few days to a couple of weeks.

Postpartum Depression Symptoms

Symptoms for postpartum depression are similar to the common depression symptoms discussed on the main page. A few additional symptoms may also be experienced as well. Along with the usual symptoms a new mother with postpartum depression may also exhibit the following:

  • Unable to care for the baby or herself
  • Have little to no interest in the baby or conversely worry excessively about the baby
  • Have thoughts of harming the baby (though rarely acted on)
  • Negative thoughts towards the baby
  • Scared to be alone with the infant

There may be physical medical conditions that produce depression, such as hypothyroidism. It is encouraged to have your doctor perform blood and other tests to rule out any illness or underlying condition that may be the cause your depression. A new mother who experiences any of the above symptoms combined with other depression symptoms should not wait to inform their health care provider.

Postpartum Depression Risk Factors

While the cause of this particular type of depression is not known, there are certain risk factors that may contribute to postpartum depression.

  • A family history of depression or mental illness
  • A personal history of depression or mental illness, those who have suffered a depressive episode previously may be at increased risk
  • A previous episode of postpartum depression after the birth of an earlier child
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Economic hardship before or during pregnancy
  • Single mothers
  • Had a traumatic or stressful experience during the pregnancy such as the death of a loved one
  • Those with little to no family or other support system during pregnancy
  • Those who experience a miscarriage or stillbirth
  • If after the baby is born it is constantly sick or fighting a particular illness or complication

Having any of the above risk factors does not mean someone will definitely develop postpartum depression, it just means they may be more susceptible. The opposite is true as well, not having any of the above risk factors does not mean someone cannot develop it.

Postpartum Depression Treatment

Treatment for this type of depression may include depression medications, psychotherapy (talk therapy) or a combination of both depending on how severe the depression is. There are certain types of antidepressants that are recommended and safe for breastfeeding mothers. There are also specific types of talk therapy that are effective for postpartum depression such as interpersonal therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Any new mother concerned they might be showing signs of postpartum depression is highly encouraged not to wait to speak to their doctor or find a mental health care provider in their area.

Postpartum Psychosis

Postpartum psychosis is a rare condition, but it is also the most serious and involves delusions and hallucinations or both. A new mother is more likely to act on her thoughts of hurting her child if suffering from this disorder. Anyone suspected of having postpartum psychosis should seek immediate help.

When To Seek Help?

Anyone who thinks they or a loved one may be suffering from postpartum depression is advised to seek professional help as soon as possible. If the “baby blues” do not subside after at least 2 weeks, if you cannot take care of your baby or yourself or your depression symptoms become more severe do not be ashamed to seek help.

Suicide is always a risk in severe cases of depression. If you are worried for your baby’s or your own health and our having thoughts of suicide please call 911 or your local emergency center and ask for immediate help. You can also call the national suicide hotline (US) 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

A new baby can be quite overwhelming and with the changes a women’s body goes through during pregnancy and child birth it may leave them vulnerable to developing this type of depression. Knowing what to be on the lookout for during and after pregnancy can go along way towards preventing and quickly treating postpartum depression. Don’t be ashamed or scared to ask for help.
Below is a video further detailing postpartum depression.