About Us And Our Classes 

Maternally Fit run Pregnancy and Post Natal classes both online and in studios and parks across London and Surrey.  Our classes are ran by Physiotherapists with specialist training in pregnancy and the post natal period.  

To view the classes that we are currently running during the Coronavirus pandemic please click our 'classes' tab. 

Our classes are appropriate for both the novice and experienced exerciser, and each class will be individually tailored to your fitness needs and abilities. Classes include both cardio-vascular fitness and strength training.  The pregnancy classes are based around the use of a gym ball and hand weights and the post natal classes utilise a resistance band to begin gentle toning. Clips of our classes can be seen on our Instagram account (MaternallyFit_).

Classes have a particular focus on core stability and pelvic floor training – the muscles which help to support your baby as you grow during pregnancy.

To enable Maternally Fit to give you the highest level of care, we take detailed information about many aspects of your pregnancy and birth and continue to monitor you throughout your time with us.

To enable you to get the most out of our program, we expect members to aim to attend weekly. Classes are pre-booked and pre-paid. 

Our ultimate goal is for you to have a happy, healthy pregnancy and post natal period.

We offer a FREE TRIAL CLASS just email us to book your space on info@maternallyfit.co.uk.

   

Why exercise during pregnancy?

If you have a normal, low risk pregnancy, exercise plays a vital role, both for you and for your growing baby. 

The benefits for you include

  • Improved well-being and energy levels
  • A stronger body, with better posture
  • Reduced levels of back and pelvic pain
  • Improved pregnancy weight management
  • Reduced stress levels and better sleep
  • Better pelvic floor muscle function – this means no problems with continence and improved sexual function

There are also benefits for birth and beyond

  • Improved pain management during labour
  • A faster recovery following delivery
  • Lower risk of post-natal depression

Not to mention the benefits for your baby

  • Improved oxygen flow to the placenta
  • Improved neurological development

In 2002, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists stated that " … in the absence of any complications, 30 minutes or more of low to moderate intensity exercise on most, if not all, days of the week is recommended for all pregnant women…"

 

Why exercise is important after having your baby?


Exercising after having a baby can improve your physical and mental wellbeing.  Benefits include:

  • Restoring muscle strength and firming your body 
  • Improved weight management 
  • Reduced back and pelvic pain 
  • Reduced stress, improved mood and sleep
  • Lower risk of post natal depression
  • Better pelvic floor function (reduced problems with continence and improved sexual function) 

Who takes Maternally Fit classes? 

Maternally Fit was established in 2005 by Women's Health Physiotherapist, Sarah Lorentzen, as she saw the need for pregnancy fitness that was not only safe but upbeat and enjoyable.  Helen Croasdale-Smith became Director of Maternally Fit in 2019 after teaching with Maternally Fit classes since 2011.  Helen has 2 children Harry and Louis and has taught classes during her pregnancies and post natal periods.  

Maternally Fit instructors are Physiotherapists, registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Our physiotherapists also work clinically, either in private practice or in the NHS. Working alongside our Physiotherapists we also have an Exercise Physiologist and a Pilates Instructor