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June 2004
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mums-to-be doing pilates
Mums-to-be doing Pilates

Mums-to-be and new mums in Leeds are being offered a new fitness and lifestyle programme at South Leeds stadium.

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The series of ante-natal and post natal sessions, run by Mary Steen, midwife and researcher at Leeds Teaching Hospital, are aimed at promoting the importance of both a healthy mind and body leading up to and immediately after the birth.

The ante natal programme offers advice and help with health, fitness, diet and nutrition and preparing for an active birth. Advice is given on coping with birth, managing emotions and relationships and after birth care.

Samantha Delamore
Samantha Delamore

Mums-to-be can attend from being 16 weeks pregnant and the session is in the form of a discussion followed by some low impact exercises and Pilates for pregnancy.

Samantha Delamore from Leeds is 27 weeks pregnant, she says: "I come because it's good to meet people in a similar position to swap pregnancy stories, worries and also gets you ready for birth as some of the exercises we can do during labour."

New mums can attend the postnatal classes from 10 days after giving birth. These classes concentrate on the mum's health and they can bring their new baby along and their mums too.

Helen Speight and son Oliver

New mum Helen Speight from Leeds says: "I came three weeks after giving birth to Oliver 'cause it helps me to get back in shape and it's good for my pelvic floor."

The sessions include discussions on health and fitness after the birth, diet and nutrition, harmful effects of smoking, alcohol and drugs, maternal health, managing emotions and relationships. A discussion on one of these subjects is then followed by the low impact exercises and Pilates.

The sessions run until Thursday 23 December at South Leeds Stadium in blocks of six weeks.

For further details contact The Community Midwifery Office on 0113 3922784

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