Prenatal Aquatic Classes
What do I need to bring to a prenatal aquatic class?
Bring a water bottle and a towel. The class does not involve putting your head under water, however, it is a good idea to tie your hair up if you have long hair. Try to eat a snack 30-60 minutes before arriving to class. Eat something light like a piece of fruit or peice of toast. Exercising during pregnancy can be tiring, so it may be a good idea to have a snack with you in case you need a little pick-me-up at the end of class.
At what stage in my pregnany can I start?
The prenatal exercise classes are designed for pregnancy and are very safe and functional. You can start at any stage in your pregnancy and continue up until your baby comes.
Do I need to be able to swim?
No. You will be in the water roughly up to your chest so you need to be comfortable being in the water but you do not need to be able to swim. There is a ramp to get in and out of the pool. Let your physiotherapist know if you are feeling nervous about being in the water and they will be able to modify where you do your exercises in the pool so that you feel comfortable and safe. The physiotherapist will always be there to supervise.
What if I am not currently exercising?
That's ok. The class is run in a way that it suits women with different levels of fitness. You can push yourself as much as you are comfortable to. If you have any discomfort with an exercise you will be offerred a modified version or an alternative exercise.
Postnatal Bub & Me Exercise Classes
Where are the postnatal classes held?
Our classes are held indoors in different venues around Canberra (all with heating or cooling if needed). While a strong focus of the classes is to get strong, these classes are also about recovery and rejuvenation. Everyone needs sunshine and fresh air to thrive so we take the classes outside when we can. Wear layers so you can add or remove them as needed.
What do I need to bring to a postnatal Bub&Me class?
Bring a water bottle, a yoga mat or towel and your pram. Rug your baby up with layers so you can keep them comfortable in warmer or cooler weather. You can also bring your baby carrier if your baby prefers to be held close. During parts of the class you can wear your baby. Try to eat a snack 30-60 minutes before arriving to class. Eat something light like a piece of fruit or peice of toast. If you are breastfeeding, or just tired, you it may be a good idea to have a snack with you in case you need a little pick-me-up at the end of class.
How soon after the birth can I start attending classes?
You can start attending 6 weeks after birth if you have a vaginal delivery without complications. We generally recommend commencing classes after your 6 weeks check up with your doctor. If you have a caesarean section then you should wait 10-12 weeks.
What if my baby gets upset or needs to feed during class?
Not a worry. You do whatever you need to to look after your baby during class. In fact, we expect that your baby will need a cuddle or more at some point during the hour! Bring a pram, a baby carrier, a matt for your baby to lie and whatever else you need to help keep them happy.