If you like the idea of doing exercises in a group, aquanatal classes are a good choice because they are designed specifically for pregnant women. It’s a good way to meet your pregnant neighbours too.
What to expect when you go to class
A typical aquanatal class may include:
- tips about exercising and posture
- a warm-up session
- aerobic exercises
- strength exercises
- breathing awareness
Sometimes the exercises are carried out to music.
Check local forums and noticeboards, or ask your local gyms and leisure centres to find sessions.
Aqua aerobic classes
Aqua aerobics classes are not specific to pregnancy. If you’ve been going to one before you became pregnant, tell the instructor you are pregnant. If they are qualified to continue to instruct you, they will. Otherwise they may suggest another class that would be better suited.
Aqua aerobics is a set of aerobic exercises that are performed in chest-deep water. They are great for women who are less confident swimmers. You might also use floats and weights. You will warm up and cool down after each session.
How can I be confident that my instructor is qualified?
There are many water exercise instructor qualifications. You should ensure that they are qualified with a governing body such as the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA).
Ask what specifically qualifies them to teach pregnant women and how they adapt the classes. It’s important that you are happy with their answers. If they do not adapt the class, and say only that you should take it at a slower pace you might want to look elsewhere.