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- Maternal Health
We're here to help you stay active during and after your pregnancy
Exercising during pregnancy has loads of benefits, but mothers-to-be often shy away from being active for fear they’ll do harm, or they simply don't know where to start.
The first step: consult your doctor or midwife
It’s always a good idea to check-in with your doctor or midwife to make sure the exercise is good for you and your baby. You can also ask for a Green Prescription referral if you'd like extra support.
There’s a few important things to consider:
- You’re more likely to stay active if you choose an enjoyable activity suitable for your fitness level. Some good options include going for a walk, swimming or aqua jogging.
- Avoid contact sports
- Don’t exercise in extremely hot conditions
- Never exercise to the point of exhaustion
- Avoid heavy lifting and activities that involve straining or holding your breath
- Walking lunges are best avoided as they can cause injury to the pelvic connective tissue
- After the first trimester don’t perform exercises while lying flat on your back
- Chat to a health professional to see if a Green Prescription would be good for you.
Aqua Mums classes
Aqua Mums classes are an enjoyable way to stay fit and mobile, and are great for mums-to-be and those who have recently given birth. The classes are a fun full-body workout in deep water and are suitable for all fitness levels. Participants are encouraged to go at their own pace and according to their individual fitness level. Aqua Mums is also a great opportunity to connect with other mums while being active.
Sport Bay of Plenty is working with several aquatic centres across the region to offer Aqua Mums classes suitable for pregnant and post-birth women. Find a class near you and give it a go!
Classes run during school term time only.
Aqua Mums - Rotorua Aquatic Centre
Visit the Rotorua Aquatic Centre website to find out more and to register. Registrations are essential.
Aqua Mums - Whakatāne Aquatic and Fitness Centre
Visit the Whakatāne Aquatic and Fitness Centre website to find out more and to register. Registrations are essential.
Aqua Mums - Te Puke
Visit the Te Puke Swim School website to find out more and to register. Contact Judy at Te Puke Swim School to register.
Aqua Mums - Mount Hot Pools
Classes starting soon. Please register your interest by contacting Mount Hot Pools on 07 577 8551 or email email@example.com.
Already part of one of the above Aqua Mums classes? We'd love to hear about your experience. Please fill out the below feedback form:
Green Prescription is a six-month healthy lifestyle programme for adults, including pregnant women. The programme helps participants make positive changes by establishing sustainable physical activity and nutritional habits. Your doctor, practice nurse or midwife can provide a referral to the programme.
Community exercise classes
There are a number of classes in the community that work with pregnant and post-birth women, and we've put together the contact details of a few under our Get Involved Directory. Sport Bay of Plenty does not work directly with these activity providers.
We recommend you chat with your midwife or GP before starting or continuing any exercise programme while pregnant. Although exercise in pregnancy is great for you and bubs, it's important to seek professional medical advice.
GRx Advisor (EBOP)/Maternal Coordinator
027 554 1401