SWIM & CHAT

March 21st-April 18th Due to Julie having a shoulder operation there will be no Aqua fit class. It will be replaced with Swim and Chat . You can attend Roko as a non member on Thursdays between 10-11am and swim in the pool. There will be a table reserved in the restaurant from 11.15-12.30 where Julie the midwife will be available to answer questions and have discussions re different aspects of childbirth. Aqua will restart on April 25th as usual. 

The aqua natal class is a great start to gentle exercise in pregnancy, you can attend from 12 weeks on wards. The class is 45 mins in the pool, exercises specifically for pregnancy followed by coffee and chat session . At the chat session some weeks there will be a topic, some weeks questions and worries and other weeks mums come in and chat re their birth experiences .The chat session is midwife led. Please note…You are entitled to time off work to attend ante natal midwife checks, parent education , aqua natal and relaxation classes whilst pregnant.This is a drop in class, no need to book and non members welcome on this morning. Bring a bottle of water to the poolside to keep you hydrated

Thu 10.30 am-11.15 pm in the pool followed by chat in the lounge till 12.15  £5.50

Benefits of exercise in pregnancy:

  •  Improved Sleep
  •  Decrease in normal pregnancy oedema( swelling)
  •  Improved circulation
  •  Decrease stress
  •  Improve posture and balance
  •  Increase body awareness and confidence
  •  Lots of fun
  •  Meet other pregnant mothers
  •  Increase in endorphin production (the feel good hormone)
  •  Improved self esteem
  •  Decrease in emergency c-section in spontaneous labour at term (Bungum et al 2000)

It is advisable to avoid aqua natal if you have any the following:

  • Bleeding in pregnancy
  •  Low lying placenta
  •  High blood pressure (over 140/90)
  •  Recent Tattoo/piercing (in last 8 weeks)
  •  Oligohydramnios / Polyhydramnios (too little or too much water around your baby)
  •  Small for dates baby
  •  Waters have broken
  •  Threatened premature labour
  • It is not necessary to be able to swim. Please arrive 10 mins before the class starts to discuss with me if you have any concerns.

Aqua natal does not have to be booked.

Roko Heath Club,Copnor Rd .Portsmouth PO3 5EW