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Pregnancy exercise and wellbeing classes

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Exercising during - and after - pregnancy might seem like a bit of an, ahem, uphill struggle, but it's a great way to help prepare for the big day, and get back into the swing of things once you've had your baby.

To give you a helping hand getting started, our Local editors have pulled together the best classes in your area.


South West



MamaBabyBliss Southbourne mama baby bliss logo

Classes that provide a range of natural holistic services to support women throughout pregnancy and during the early months of motherhood, including a three-week baby massage course, three-week baby yoga course, six-week pregnancy yoga course and a three-week baby and daddy yoga course.


BabyFit Bournemouth women exercising holding baby

These antenatal classes offer a complete exercise, toning and relaxation programme for pregnancy, featuring six one-hour sessions. The classes are flexible and run on a rolling basis throughout the year. The postnatal mum and baby sessions increase all-over strength and toning after birth. 


Antenatal aqua yoga Redhouse woman in pool stretching

Classes here are held in a warm pool, which is relaxing, safe and a good way to prepare if you are considering a water birth. The aqua yoga classes combine a unique series of gentle exercises and breathing, taking advantage of the natural buoyancy of water. There is no need to have practiced yoga before and you do not need to know how to swim.


One-to-one yoga and pilates Bathdanielle collins yoga teacher headshot

One-to-one classes in yoga, pilates, antenatal and postnatal yoga, face yoga, nutrition and wellbeing with Danielle Collins, a renowned expert on TV and in the media, mum of one and advocate of feeling healthy, happy and fit.


Antenatal aqua yoga Chippenham woman in pool swimming

Gentle exercises and deep breathing are combined in aqua-natal yoga to promote wellbeing for you and your baby. Held in a warm pool, there is no need to have practised yoga before and you do not need to know how to swim. As well as providing deep relaxation, this also relieves common ailments experienced during pregnancy.


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Bump to Babe Pregnancy Fitness Class West Bridgford women doing yoga on chairs pregnant

Antenatal fitness classes for expectant mums who want to exercise confidently, safely and effectively throughout their pregnancy. The pregnancy exercise sessions are a good all-rounder and suitable for anyone at any stage of pregnancy. Classes are run by Claire Mockridge, an experienced and qualified antenatal and postnatal fitness expert.


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North East



Musical Bumps Gateshead mirrored building

A six-week course of two-hour classes for pregnant women to enjoy gentle exercise, singing and informal chat. The sessions have an active birth™ focus; you will have the opportunity to sing to your bump and learn songs that will soothe the baby when he/she arrives.


Mamabeat antenatal dance class Hexham mama beat logo

Inspired by dance moves from Africa, Latin America and popular culture, at Mamabeat you will be guided through an hour of movement designed to help your baby find its optimal position for birth, and keep your body fit and healthy.


Antenatal and postnatal fitness with Emma Keighley woman doing yoga

Antenatal fitness classes to help posture, improve sleep patterns and increase endurance levels for labour. Postnatal classes help you return to pre-pregnancy weight, strengthen and increase flexibility, and recover from pregnancy and labour.


Relax and Breathe for Birth Tyneside and Newcastle woman doing yoga pregnant

A workshop for pregnant women in Newcastle and across Tyneside, teaching different breathing techniques and skills to enable you to breathe through your contractions and have a positive focus, handle any stress and stay calm. 


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North West




FitBack and Bumps Knutsford fit back and bumps logo

FitBack and Bumps is an educational exercise programme consisting of four one-hour sessions incorporating exercises, stretches and dicussions on different topics for mums and mums-to-be. The classes are delivered by chartered physiotherapists providing expert guidance and instruction.


Daisy Birthing Knutsford

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Pregnancy yoga class featuring positions that inspire active birth movement, breathing techniques, relaxation, traditional antenatal education and birth anxiety release.


Antenatal yoga classes Cheadle                                          yoga logo

Antenatal yoga classes aimed at improving breathing and strenghthing the body in preparation for labour. The classes are specifically for pregnant women, featuring different relaxation positions and breathing techniques to standard yoga.  


Prenatal Yoga Didsbury                                                         pregnant women doing yoga

Prenatal yoga classes that are peaceful and relaxing and can relieve  minor common pregnancy ailments (like heartburn). Practice taught in the classes can also be used to relieve pain in labour and childbirth. Classes are run on a 'drop-in' basis.


Antenatal pilates Bowdon 

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Small-size antenatal pilates classes led by a healthcare practitioner with more than 13 years of experience. You can participate in the class anytime from week 12 of pregnancy through to birth. All participants are required to have a pre-class assessment to go through individual goals and any medical needs, as well as the foundation principles of pilates.

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HypnoBirthing Croydonwoman with newborn baby

HypnoBirthing® - is an antenatal programme that teaches simple self-hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques for a better birth. Aimed to increase confidence in mums and provide dads with knowledge of how they can help during birth.


Pregnancy nutrition masterclass Stoke Newington pregnant woman cooking

Nutritionists and chefs Tamara and Gwyneth guide you through the fundamentals of eating for optimum nutrition during your pregnancy, ensuring your diet helps your baby develop and grow, while keeping you fit and energised. The class includes an organic lunch. 


Natal hypnotherapy Wimbledon yoga teacher headshot

Sandra Bush, natal hypnotherapy practitioner, teaches self-hypnosis and other practical techniques to enable you to reduce fear and anxiety, keep calm and feel confident in your ability to give birth. Maggie Howell's book, Effective Birth Preparation, and a hypnosis CD for labour and birth, are included in the cost. 


Prenatal yoga Leytonstone women doing yoga preganant

These classes have been running since 1990 and include gentle yoga postures, pelvic floor toning, hypno-breathing skills and relaxation techniques. They also feature open discussions around pregnancy and birth and continuity of care.


Mumanu specialist pregnancy massage Kingston massaging

Mumanu is Kingston's only specialist pregnancy massage company. Safe from the beginning of the first trimester, experienced therapists provide the pressure you choose with effective techniques to relieve your various aches and pains. 


YogaBellies Vauxhallyoga bellies advert

YogaBellies is an award-winning company, with classes taught by accredited yoga teachers. Their pregnancy yoga with Bobby class covers different themes each week, combining a blend of breathing techniques, asana (postures) and guided relaxation in each class.


Daisy Birthing Classes Edmonton 

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You can do one term of 6 classes or continue throughout pregnancy to benefit from building 'muscle memory' and lengthening key birthing muscles. Suitable for women from 14 weeks to birth, even if you have SPD. The classes enable you to manage you to adapt to your changing body and prepare for your baby's birth with practical tools.

Prenatal Yoga Finchley Church Endwoman doing yoga

Prenatal Yoga for all post 14 weeks pregnant with no prior experience of yoga necessary. Good for birth preparation, alleviating back ache and overcoming other prenatal challenges. Classes include teaching of labour breathing and hypno-birthing relaxation techniques.


Pregnancy yoga Waterloo pregnant women doing yoga

Classes are suitable from 14-41 weeks and offer a safe way to exercise during pregnancy, whether you are a beginner or advanced yogini. Each class concludes with Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation). Mats, blocks and blankets are provided. 


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South East




Bump to Birth Pilates Bitterne Park yoga woman

Specialist antenatal and postnatal pilates classes run in the comfort of a home-based studio - with a creche next door. The classes utilise a gym/birthing ball and are run by specially trained instructors. 


NCT Relax, Stretch and Breathe Basingstokewoman doing yoga

These classes focus on very gentle postures, breathing techniques, positions for labour and relaxation. The postures are specifically designed so you can attend throughout your pregnancy (after 12 weeks) and can be adapted to individual needs. They can be taken on their own or as an add-on to other antenatal classes. 

Aqua-natal yoga class Guildfordturtle tums logo

Turtle Tums is a specialist aqua-natal yoga course developed in association with Birthlight Aqua-Natal Yoga. For pregnant women after 14 weeks, you do not need to be a fantastic swimmer to take part, as all exercises can be adapted to suit your ability.

Maternally Fit Pregnancy Exercise Class Walton-on-Thamespregnant women on exercise balls

All classes are conducted by a women's health physiotherapist, with specialist training in exercise for pregnancy and the postnatal period. They are an hour-long and tailored to individual fitness needs and abilities, with a particular focus on core stability and pelvic floor training.


Sally Pregnancy Yoga Norwichwoman doing downward dog yoga

Sally is an experienced and registered yoga teacher. She teaches a variety of yoga classes in and around Norwich and can be booked for private lessons as well. Her classes are accessible, fun and challenging. 


Babyfit Norwich

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Classes for pregnant women including aqua, fitness, yoga and pilates, plus childbirth preparation workshops. Classes for mothers include postnatal fitness, baby yoga, active baby yoga and BabyFit bootcamp.


Daisy Birthing Active Antenatal Class Portsmouth             daisy foundation logo

Daisy Birthing® Active Antenatal™ class is a birth preparation programme combining movement, relaxation, active birth techniques, antenatal education and support. The classes utilise a range of techniques including hypnobirthing, muscle memory, somatic education principles and more.


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Yoga Bellies Busbyyoga bellies logo

Only taking a maximum of 15 mums-to-be per class, each week covers a different topic such as bonding with baby, prenatal nutrition or preparing for the big day. Classes last for an hour and 15 minutes, and include breathing techniques and positions for labour too. 


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Green Yoga Bridge of Weir

No previous yoga experience required. These classes features lots of stretching and opening postures that help backache and other discomforts of pregnancy. Also covering various breathing techniques, guided relaxations and lower-body strengthening. 


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