About Us

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…"

Who takes Maternally Fit classes?

Sarah Lorentzen (nee Nosworthy) is a Women’s Health Physiotherapist with over 15 years experience in caring for pregnant women, both in Australia and in the United Kingdom. She completed post-graduate studies in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation in 2003, and currently runs a Women’s Health Physiotherapy service in a local hospital. Sarah is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and also of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health. She has also lectured in Exercise for Pregnancy for the YMCA in Australia and for the NCT in the United Kingdom.  Sarah completed her Masters in Women's Health Physiotherapy in 2011, undertaking research into exercise during pregnancy.  She is mother to 2 little monkeys - Oscar and Emilie.

Charlotte Butcher is a Senior Physiotherapist in a local Primary Care Trust.  She is one of the longest serving Maternally Fit instructors and has her own class assitant - her daughter Millie.  Charlotte treats pregnant women with musculoskeletal complaints.

Debs Earl is a Senior Physiotherapist at a busy London hospital.  She has worked in a variety of disciplines but enjoys Women's Health and especially exercise during pregnancy.  She is trained in Pilates.

Rebecca Bennett is a Physiotherapist in a London Primary Care Trust.  She has had an interest in Women's Health from an early stage and has had experience with both hospital and community patients.

Paula Igualada-Martinez runs a Women's Health Physiotherapy department in a busy London hospital.  She is currently the London rep for the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women's Health and has completed her Masters in Women's Health Physiotherapy.  She is now undertaking a PhD (crazy, amazing woman that she is!)