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Free classes in my area.
Member Name: MrsWillow
Advantages: Great fun! Safe.
Disadvantages: Can't think of any - unless you don't like swimming!
As I love swimming aquanatal seemed like a great idea to me! My local classes are free as they are run by Sure Start, although I only found out abut them be asking at the pool itself - my midwife never mentioned them.
The class was run by a trained midwife so I felt in very safe hands, she would start off the class on the side and then join us in the pool for the more strenuous bits as she was also pregnant as well!
I didn't get to join though until I was about 32 weeks as the classes were during the day and I couldn't get the time off work till then (had to use holidays).
It felt great being in the pool as the water supported by bump, getting out was a bit of an effort though!
We would start off with some gentle stretching before moving on to some bouncing about and some arm work (all important for developing those arm muscles to carry your baby about!) all done at your own pace with breaks whenever you needed to. It was also a chance to chat with other Mum's to Be and see how people were progressing.
I was so sad when I couldn't go anymore. By coincidence one of the ladies from the class ended up giving birth 25 hours after me and we ended up on the same ward together and found out that we had given our girls the same first name! lol!
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