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? 

Maternally Fit was started in 2005 by Women's Health Physiotherapist, Sarah Lorentzen (nee Nosworthy), as she saw the need for pregnancy fitness that was not only safe but upbeat and enjoyable. Sarah has over 15 years experience in caring for pregnant women, both in Australia and in the United Kingdom. She completed her Masters in Women's Health Physiotherapy at the University of Bradford in 2011 and has lectured in Exercise for Pregnancy for the YMCA in Australia and for the NCT in the United Kingdom.  Sarah has 2 children, Oscar and Emilie and taught Maternally Fit classes throughout both her pregnancies.

All 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.