Centres offer free swimming for expectant mums
PREGNANT women in Kingswood will now be able access free swimming sessions. The move, from February 1, is part of a year-long pilot scheme from the region’s Active Lifestyle Centres.
The scheme is being run as a joint partnership between Circadian Trust, the not-for-profit organisation operating the Active Lifestyle Centres, and South Gloucestershire Council.
Swimming is a highly beneficial way to stay active during pregnancy and can be performed safely in all three trimesters. Widely recognised as a low-impact method of aerobic exercise, swimming provides a more comfortable environment for expectant mothers to maintain their physical health.
To be eligible for the scheme, women will need to present their Maternity Exemption Certificate, supplied by their doctor or midwife, and will also need to show proof of address before their first session.
Mark Crutchley, Chief Executive at Circadian Trust, said: “As an organisation with health and wellbeing at its core, we’re committed to making exercise accessible to all. Therefore, it’s an absolute pleasure to be helping women to swim throughout their pregnancies for free.”
Cllr Ben Stokes, South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult and Public Health, added: “We are committed to helping our residents at key moments in their lives, to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle and we are very pleased to be able to offer this free service for all pregnant women in South Gloucestershire.”