Whether you're counting down to becoming a new mum or you've just had a baby, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to getting active. We're here to help!
Keeping active in pregnancy
A major review of exercising while pregnant (published October 2016) showed that regular activity lowers the risk of needing a caesarean section and also reduces the chance of the baby being born overweight.
Even strenuous exercise – long considered dangerous for mums-to-be – is safer than previously thought.
To find out more about keeping active in pregnancy, read Pip's story – she's one of our instructors and continued delivering her IWIYW sessions throughout her pregnancy and is qualified in adapting Exercise for Ante and Pre-Natal Clients.
Getting back into it
To help you get fitter without needing a sitter, we’ve got a selection of activities where you can bring baby along*! There will be plenty of friendly faces and you’ll feel loads better afterwards.
*If you have a session in mind and want to check whether you can bring your child with you, we always recommend speaking to the instructor directly beforehand.
Need a helping hand?
BEATS (Bury Exercise and Therapy Service) Maternity is an exercise referral scheme for women who are preparing for pregnancy and childbirth, or have recently given birth.
Patients are supported by a pre-natal and post-natal exercise specialist and given a personal physical activity programme that is beneficial to both mother and baby.
BEATS Maternity is available to local women (aged 16+) who are planning a family or just given birth and have a BMI of 25 or more, or women who are pregnant and have a BMI of 30 or more.
Please speak to your midwife, doctor, practice nurse or specialist health professional who can refer you straight to BEATS Maternity.