Expectant mums and dads in South Essex Get help in South Essex Keeping active before and after birth Fit 4 mums-to-be Our Fit 4 Mums exercise sessions are fun and friendly! Pregnant mums who do not normally exercise are particularly welcome. Fit 4 Mums-to-be is really helpful if you are feeling anxious, suffering with back pain or are overweight. So even if you have never exercised before… come along and give it a go! You might surprise yourself! The sessions are free but we ask you to make a voluntary donation to help cover the costs. The 2-hour, weekly sessions are run in Laindon and Canvey Island: James Hornsby School, Leinster Road, Laindon, Essex, SS15 5NX. Wednesday evenings from 7pm till 9pm. Little Lions Child and Family Wellbeing Hub, Northwick Park School, Canvey Island, Essex, SS8 9SU. Tuesday mornings from 9:30am till 11:30am. The sessions are run by a fully qualified and experienced YMCA personal trainer who specialises in prenatal and postnatal exercise. When to join Come along any time during your pregnancy (just check first with your midwife that you are fit to attend the sessions). What happens during the sessions? Each session includes a one hour exercise routine, pelvic floor, stretching, some relaxation, light refreshments and a chance to chat to other mums-to-be. There are also opportunities to ask questions about how to keep healthy and preparing to be a mum. Benefits for mums-to-be: Improved posture Reduces discomfort Improved general health Strengthens muscles to better prepare you for labour and birth Most of all – a real ‘feel good’ factor that helps reduce stress Benefits for baby: Less body fat at birth Less diabetes and high blood pressure later in life Less infant colic Improvements to speech and development (tested at age 5) Contact us for further information. Thank you to Adrian Miller Photography for the photographic images taken at the fit 4 mums exercise sessions.