Active Maternity

Being active during pregnancy and beyond brings with it a host of physical and mental benefits, including a reduction in hypertensive disorders, lower gestational weight gain, a reduction in the risk of developing gestational diabetes, and a reduction in depression, improved emotional wellbeing and a quicker return to pre-pregnancy weight in the postpartum period.

Being physically active during pregnancy is safe. In fact, the more active and fit a woman is during pregnancy, the easier it will be for her to adapt to her changing shape pre and post pregnancy. There is also evidence to show that active women are less likely to experience problems in later pregnancy and will be better able to cope with the physical demands of labour.

Of course, certain considerations must be kept in mind to support discussions and modifications throughout pregnancy and beyond. We know that women frequently come into contact with a range of professionals during pregnancy and following childbirth, but research has shown that there is a lack of clear and consistent physical activity information which often lead to women stopping activity completely, which will go on to influence the activity levels of their children.

Moving Medicine and This Girl Can have partnered with the Active Pregnancy Foundation to develop a suite of the most useful resources and training for healthcare professionals in an initiative to give them the knowledge and confidence to proactively have conversations about being active during pregnancy and beyond. The evidence-based resources have been written in collaboration with experts and are endorsed by the Institute for Health Visiting.

We are keen to connect with any healthcare professionals working with antenatal and postnatal patients in Dorset to discuss how we could provide additional support about physical activity, particularly for inequality groups and diverse communities. This might include producing additional resources, delivering training and supporting signposting to local opportunities.

Contact Katie Davies
E: kdavies@activedorset.org


Please Note - Where referring to 'women' and 'mothers', this should be taken to include people who do not identify as women but who are pregnant.

Similarly, where the term 'parents' is used, this should be taken to include anyone who has main responsibility for caring for a baby.

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