Classes help keep mums-to-be in shape

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SCARBOROUGH mums-to-be are being encouraged to keep fit and healthy by taking part in aquanatal classes.

The classes, which are run by Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust have been running for the past 15 years.

Aquanatal is a gentle form of exercising in water which offers a number of benefits for pregnant women.

Run by community midwife Maggie Fawcett, who has been specially trained to teach Aquanatal, the classes take place at Scarborough Indoor Pool on Wednesdays from 10am untill 11am (term time only).

Maggie said: “Regular exercising in water when you are pregnant can help with a number of things, from improving sleep and reducing pregnancy swelling to helping increase your fitness and stamina for labour as well as improving postnatal recovery.

“And as well as reducing stress and helping improve confidence it is also a great way to meet a support network of other mums-to-be.”

One mum-to-be said: “The classes are a great way to not only keep fit during pregnancy but to meet other mums-to-be as well. I always feel great afterwards and I really enjoy the relaxation and floating that we do at the end of the class – it is a great way to unwind.”

The class is suitable for women who are over 12 weeks pregnant and all levels of fitness. There is no need to book, simply turn up and there is no cost other than just the regular admission price for a swim.