Movement and Relaxation for new Mums & Mums to be
The more active and fit you are during pregnancy, the easier it will be for you to adapt to your changing shape and weight gain. It will also help you to cope with labour. The re:fresh team is dedicated to helping you keep moving safely from bump, through birth and beyond.
Physical activity during pregnancy helps control weight gain, reduce high blood pressure and can prevent diabetes of pregnancy. You should aim to do muscle strengthening activities twice a week. After childbirth you should start pelvic floor exercises as soon as you can and continue daily. Physical activity can give you time for yourself, help reduce worries and depression, control weight gain and help return to your pre-pregnancy weight as well as improving tummy muscle tone and strength.
Throughout pregnancy and after childbirth you should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity every week. Physical Activity can help to improve fitness, sleep and mood. If you are not already active, start gradually. If you are already active, then keep going.
There is no evidence of harm from taking part in physical activity during pregnancy or after childbirth. Listen to your body and adapt. If you have any concerns please speak to your midwife or Health Visitor for advice.
UK Chief Medical Officer’s Physical Activity Guidelines, 2019
From Aqua Natal to Pregnancy Pilates and Mindful Movement we have lots of classes that are suitable at any stage of your pregnancy.
We also have a Mindful Movement class for Mums and Babies, a stretching and relaxation class for new mums. This class is suitable until baby is on the move as they can lay on the mat and mum can interact with them throughout the class.
All our ante and post natal classes are £2 or if you qualify for the re:fresh discount then they are just £1. To qualify you must live, work or have a GP in Blackburn with Darwen.
Please note: participants must wait until after their 6-8 week check after normal delivery and 12 weeks after a c-section before taking part in any post natal activities.