Aquanatal for expectant mums


Aquanatal for expectant mums Expectant mums are benefitting from a programme of activities promoting fitness during pregnancy organised by the Western Trust and SureStart.

Leisure facilities in Strabane, Londonderry and Limavady are being used by the Trust to provide aquanatal classes for pregnant women. These activities provide the women with the positive physical and mental stamina they will need for labour and for life as the parent of a new baby.

Cathy Grieves, Western Trust lead Parentcraft midwife, said: “Aquanatal is like aqua aerobics especially designed for pregnant mothers. Participation in aquanatal is not only enjoyable but also a great advantage to women both during and after their pregnancy.

“A typical aquanatal class might consist of specially designed aerobic workouts in the water; involving swimming a few lengths or doing exercises standing in the pool. The water will help support your weight, while gentle stretching exercises make you feel good and can help keep you fit and supple for birth.”

All activities are delivered by midwives and the classes are designed to give expectant mothers gentle exercise. Breathing techniques and relaxation skills are taught to alleviate pregnant mothers’ tension and promote relaxation towards the end of their pregnancy in preparation for giving birth.

Aquanatal classes are available for women who are generally fit, healthy and expecting a normal birth. It is recommended to join from 16 weeks onward and you can continue until the birth of your baby.

Aquanatal classes are held at each of the following locations supported by local SureStarts:

  • Templemore Leisure Complex (Derry) on Wednesdays at 10am - call: 028 71356110
  • City Baths, William Street (Derry) on Tuesdays from 2pm-2.40pm - call 028 71371670
  • Roe Valley Leisure Centre (Limavady) on Tuesdays from 4pm-4.30pm - call 028 77764009
  • Riversdale Leisure Centre (Strabane) on Tuesdays from 10am-10.45am - call 028 7138 2672