All pools at Darwen Leisure Centre will be closed on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December due to a regional swimming gala. There will be no swimming lessons on Saturday 3rd December. We apologies for any inconvenience caused.
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Aqua Natal is a water-based exercise class especially designed for pregnant women in their second and third trimesters. The class aims to help you keep gently fit without damaging any joints or ligaments.
The more active and fit you are during pregnancy, the easier it will be for you to adapt to your changing shape and weight gain. It will also help you to cope with labour and get back into shape after the birth.
Keep up your normal daily physical activity or exercise (sport, running, yoga, dancing, or even walking to the shops and back) for as long as you feel comfortable.
Exercise is not dangerous for your baby. There is some evidence that active women are less likely to experience problems in later pregnancy and labour.
Exercise tips for pregnancy
Do not exhaust yourself. You may need to slow down as your pregnancy progresses or if your maternity team advises you to. If in doubt, consult your maternity team.
As a general rule, you should be able to hold a conversation as you exercise when pregnant. If you become breathless as you talk, then you’re probably exercising too strenuously.
If you were not active before you got pregnant, do not suddenly take up strenuous exercise. If you start an aerobic exercise programme (such as running, swimming, cycling or aerobics classes), tell the instructor that you’re pregnant and begin with no more than 15 minutes of continuous exercise, 3 times a week. Increase this gradually to daily 30-minute sessions.
Remember that exercise does not have to be strenuous to be beneficial.
Exercise tips when you’re pregnant:
Classes at BwD Leisure
Did you know that BwD Leisure work in partnership with the re:fresh Blackburn with Darwen team to provide classes specifically for mums to be? The classes are run by qualified and experienced instructors who can answer any questions you may have.