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Healthy Pregnancy Programme Comes To Opotiki

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

There is an exciting new opportunity for pregnant women in Opotiki with Sport Bay of Plenty’s Bump Club coming to town, starting on the 29th of July.

The Bump Club started in Whakatane at the beginning of the year. Aimed at supporting healthy pregnancies, it offers free physical activity and education for women in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, made possible thanks to funding from the EBPHA Community Health Initiative Fund.

Bump Club Coordinator, Kirsty Carling said the initiative proved very successful in Whakatane. “We then started receiving many enquiries from Opotiki locals and organisations who wanted to know if something could be done ‘on the ground’ for Opotiki residents,” Carling said.

“In response to this, we are so excited to be able to provide the Bump Club which will be held at venues in King Street in Opotiki, meaning easy access for participants right in the middle of town.”

So far nearly 40 women in Whakatane have had the chance to participate in the free education and activity classes.

A great spin off from the programme has been the support participants have had from each other. The ‘Bump Clubbers’ as they are now known meet up regularly now their babies have been born to chat and have a coffee or go for a walk.

Whakatane Bump Club participant Kristy was rapt with the impact of the yoga on her pregnancy. “The yoga classes have given me a lot more confidence in moving around at home and increasing my mobility. I was beginning to stagnate on the couch and avoid bending but now I’m a lot more active and less hesitant to get up and down and about, knowing that it won’t hurt,” says Kristy.

Another participant talks about how yoga has helped her with the birthing process. “The yoga made all the difference; the belly breathing, table position and knee bends were all excellent for labour.”

There has been a lot of research on the connection between healthy pregnancies and the health of mother and baby and increasing understanding that experiences in pregnancy have long term impacts for individuals, families, whanau and communities.

Exercising during pregnancy can boost energy, improve mood and alleviate some of the aches and pains including backaches, constipation and swelling.

Starting on 29th of July, participants begin with a workshop on pregnancy nutrition and participate in yoga classes. The programme ends with more workshops on the benefits of child nutrition and development.

Participants need to consult with their primary care provider/LMC in the first instance to ensure it is safe and appropriate for them.

Register online now

Or contact Kirsty on 027 234 2516 or kirstyc@sportbop.co.nz

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