Community midwives in Middlesbrough are urging mums-to-be to attend aquanatal classes to help them stay fit and healthy.
The classes at the Neptune Centre in Berwick Hills and the Rainbow Centre in Coulby Newham are designed to encourage women to do regular moderate exercise to ensure they are in the best physical condition to cope with the demands of pregnancy.
Community midwife Rosie Cooper said it is important that women keep active throughout their pregnancy and the weekly aquanatal classes are a great way to do it.
“It’s all about helping to keep women fit during pregnancy,” she said. “The fitter they are the better they cope with pregnancy and the better they cope with labour.
“It’s also a nice environment to meet other mums, especially if it’s their first pregnancy, and to chat to midwives about any concerns or worries they may have. Women enjoy it and feel better for it.”
Classes are held at the Neptune Centre every Tuesday at 9.10am and at the Rainbow Centre every Friday at 9.30am.
Mum-to-be Emma Kaya is among those already benefiting from the classes which were relaunched at the Neptune Centre earlier this year.
The 34-year-old from Park End, Middlesbrough, said: “My midwife recommended the aquanatal classes and I have really enjoyed them so far.
“I have been suffering from a bad back but just being in the water helps. The classes also give you chance to talk to other people.
“I don’t really do much other exercise but with this I know I’m not doing anything that is going to put me or my baby at risk.”