Yogacise antenatal classes for pregnant women


Yogacise antenatal classes for pregnant women

The Western Trust is highlighting a programme of physical activities specially adapted for pregnant women to promote fitness during pregnancy, both physically and emotionally. The Trust currently offers Yogacise classes at Altnagelvin Hopspital to provide light exercise for pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy, based on carefully adapted classic yoga postures and breathing exercises.


Talking about the new service, Western Trust Lead Parentcraft Midwife Cathy Grieves said: “Each class will include yoga sequences specifically adapted for pregnancy and movements to alleviate discomforts and renew energy. Breathing techniques and relaxation skills are taught and there is time for discussion in a relaxed and friendly environment. It is recommended to join from 16 weeks onward and you can continue until the birth of your baby.”


Cathy continued: “Yoga is one of the best forms of exercise during pregnancy, a gentle, safe means of keeping toned and supple without strain, of keeping aches and pains at bay and energy flowing, of relaxing mind and body, and preparing for the physical demands of birth – and motherhood itself.”


Western Trust Acting Head of Maternity Services, Maureen Miller added: “We are delighted to offer this service, delivered by midwives. We already have a number of women taking part in the yogacise classes and hope more are encouraged to try yogacise to prime their bodies for birth. These classes are designed to give expectant mothers plenty of positive physical and mental stamina that they will need for labour and for life as the parent of a new baby.”


The Yogacise antenatal classes are available for women who are generally fit, healthy and expecting a normal birth and run for four weeks.