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Free pregnancy and mums’ exercise classes in Knowsley

by Laura Johnston

Free courses to help pregnant women and new mums in Knowsley to be active and healthy during pregnancy and the early stages of motherhood are to be offered in Knowsley.

Mamafit Pregnancy for expectant mums and Mamafit Mother and Baby for mums with babies six weeks to 12 months old, will be available in Knowsley from the end of April 2019.

The six week physical activity and lifestyle education courses, arranged by Knowsley Council’s Public Health team and delivered by Mamafit, are free to attend for Knowsley residents and will be supported by follow-on fitness classes to encourage mums to stay active throughout their pregnancy and into motherhood.

The pregnancy course helps women to exercise safely throughout pregnancy, reduce back pain, get fit for birth – helping to give their baby the best start in life. Mums-to-be are recommended to attend as early into their pregnancy as possible, but courses are suitable for all stages of pregnancy.

The Mother and Baby course supports mums with babies under one to get active after giving birth, alongside healthy eating tips and practical advice for new mums.  Mums are encouraged to bring their babies along with them to classes, to discover ways to stay active at home with a young child.

Courses will be offered in a number of locations across Knowsley with plans for daytime and evening sessions.

Dr Sarah McNulty, Acting Director of Public Health in Knowsley, said “I know that being active during pregnancy, as well as post birth, isn’t always a priority and can be a challenge, but with the right support, it can be enjoyable and brings with it a vast array of benefits.  We find through the sessions that many women make new friends, build their confidence, fitness levels and are better prepared for birth and motherhood.”

Rob Lunn, Founder of the Mamafit Programme, added “We are really excited to bring Mamafit to Knowsley, helping pregnant women and new mums across the borough to be active and improve their health and wellbeing during this exciting and life changing period.”

“If you are expecting a baby soon or have recently given birth, our fun and friendly classes are the perfect solution to help you get moving and feeling good!”

If you are interested in finding out more about the Mamafit Knowsley courses, please register your interest.