Active at Home   

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When deciding which activity you may like to try, it is important to consider your current activity level.  Guidance provided by the UK Chief Medical Officers advises pregnant women who are already active to keep going but to listen to their bodies and adapt, while women who are new to activity should start gradually. Postnatal women, depending on birth experience and the outcome of the 6 – 8 week postnatal check, may resume or start activity gradually and build up intensity slowly over a minimum period of 3 months.

To help you find suitable activities to try at home, we have worked with a panel of experts to review and select a range of workout content. We have stated if an activity may be considered low, moderate or vigorous intensity, and if it is recommended for women who are already active or new to activityIf you have any questions about whether a particular activity is safe for you, and/or you suffer discomfort while taking part, please get in touch with your healthcare professional before continuing with the activity.

 

Please note that the sharing of information or inclusion of a link to a third-party website or app on this webpage does not constitute a contract, partnership, endorsement or other arrangement with this third-party or their content, products or services. You may be required to pay a fee or subscription in the future so please read their Terms and Conditions carefully. Please also read the following disclaimer before clicking on any third party website linked to from this webpage. 

A panel of antenatal and postnatal experts will periodically review information and content for this page, which may then be updated. We welcome comments from users, so please get in touch with feedback.

General Fitness

 
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Some general pregnancy workouts from experienced instructor Vicky Warr

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Circuit workouts by trimester from athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill

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A combination of workouts for pregnant women from experienced instructor Jane Wake

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Workouts for pregnant and postnatal women from American instructor BodyFit by Amy

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MummyFIT

A workout for active postpartum women by experienced instructor Jenny Drage

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Babywearing workouts brought to you by CARiFiT

Please read the TICKS rule for safe babywearing before trying these workouts: babyslingsafety.co.uk

 

Strength

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Strength workouts suitable for ante and postnatal women from Bump and Beyond by Vicky Warr

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Antenatal and postnatal strengthening workouts from American instructor BodyFit by Amy

Yoga & Pilates

 

Low intensity yoga workout for pregnant women and new mums reviewed by the NHS

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A low-moderate yoga series for pregnant women from experienced instructor Katy Appleton

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Pilates workouts for pregnant women

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Antenatal and postnatal pilates workouts from American instructor BodyFit by Amy

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A prenatal Pilates workout delivered by experienced instructor Melissa James

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Pilates workout delivered by specialist Pilates instructor Hayley Jarvill MCSP

 

Live Content & Apps

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Free to join classes of varying intensities posted on their Instagram page.

 

Workouts for pregnant and postnatal women available.

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Live workouts provided (free) via Instagram Live on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

 

These are then available on IGTV.

 

Suitable for active ante and postnatal women.

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MummyFIT

Moderate to high intensity cardio, strength and body conditioning classes for pregnant and postnatal women.

 

Live workouts available every weekday via MummyFIT LIVE along with pre-recorded content with MummyFIT at HOME.

 

MummyFIT are offering a free first taster session to LIVE and a free month to the MummyFIT at HOME (recorded) services during lockdown. Please check the website for subscription costs before registering.

At home with your kids? Visit Sport England’s Stay In, Work Out hub 

for ideas on how to be active together

If you are a qualified ante and/or postnatal instructor and have content to share, please let us know by emailing thismummoves@ukactive.org.uk

Definitions


Active: Taking part in 150 minutes or more of moderate intensity activity per week.

Inactive: Doing less than 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week.

Moderate Intensity Activity: Activity where you raise your breathing rate whilst still being able to hold a conversation. Vigorous Intensity Activity: Activity that leaves you out of breath or sweating. These activities require a large amount of effort and cause rapid breathing and a substantial increase in heart rate.




Disclaimer


Please note that though this information is being shared through our website, This Mum Moves and our contactors and partners make no claim or representation regarding, or accept responsibility for, the reliability or safety of third party websites or services. The inclusion of a link to a third party website on this webpage does not constitute a partnership or endorsement of this third party or their content. You will be undertaking the exercises and activities linked to from our website at your own risk.

This Mum Moves does not have control over the content or information provided on third party websites, or the ability to modify or update content on these websites. Please make sure to check the Terms and Conditions on any third party website or application, as the Terms and Conditions on this website will no longer apply when you leave this site.

Without limiting the scope of this disclaimer, please note we have not reviewed live stream or app content.




Acknowledgements


We would like to thank the following members of the This Mum Moves steering group who supported in the content review process for this webpage:

  • Dr Marlize de Vivo - Biokineticist (HPCSA); Sports Rehabilitator, GSR (BASRaT); Senior Research Fellow, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Dr Lou Atkinson, Lecturer, Aston University, and Lead Master Instructor, Core Health & Fitness
  • Tamsin Brooks MCSP HPC, Specialist pelvic and women’s health physiotherapist and POGP member
  • Vicky Gilroy, Projects and Evaluation Lead, Institute of Health Visiting

We would also like to extend thanks to the Active Pregnancy Foundation for their involvement in the selection and criteria development process, and Philippa Bishop, Institute of Health Visiting, for her support in reviewing content.





 
 
 
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