When can I start Aquanatal™ classes?
Classes are suitable for mums to attend from 14 weeks of pregnancy and once you have a signed Medical Clearance Form from your Midwife or Doctor. You can continue classes as long as you like, even after your due date.
Do I need to book ahead?
Yes! Class sizes are limited so they run effectively. You can book here. Priority booking will be given to clients who pre-pay for their classes.
Do I need to go every week?
Doing some form of exercise at least three times a week is recommended. Read more about Exercise in Pregnancy Guidelines. If you’re feeling tired you will find that exercising will get your endorphins going and you will feel re-energised, and will sleep better. However, If you’re not feeling well, it’s okay to miss a class.
What happens if I book but can't make the class?
Please let me know by phone/text if you are unable to come to class, especially if you’ve had your baby! Missed classes can be re-scheduled.
When and where are Aquanatal™ classes held?
Tuesday & Thursday nights from 6:45- 7:45pm at Fins Swim School, Unit 2, 35 Bradford Close Kotara, behind Officeworks.
Thursdays from 1.45pm -2.45pm at Fins Swim School.
What should I wear?
We want to create a body-positive space where every woman can feel good about her body. Wear swimwear you can comfortably exercise in without having to be self conscious. Swim/running/boyleg shorts, crop tops, sporty top, tankini, rashie or one piece are all suitable.
What should I expect from an Aquanatal™ class?
Each class will leave you rejuvenated and relaxed. First, we start with a warm up, to loosen muscles and avoid strains, followed by a 20 minute cardio workout. You can exercise as energetically as you like, as the buoyant nature of water prevents overloading, straining or jarring joints and protects your pelvic floor. Time for pelvic floor exercise is also included. Aqua dumbbells and noodles are used to strengthen and condition, and to build a strong core and promote balance. The exercises and mindful breathing will not only prepare you for labour, but for life! At the end of each class there is time to relax and connect with your baby as you float weightlessly on two pool noodles.
How much does an Aquanatal™ class cost?
Can I claim the cost of my Aquanatal™ classes?
Please check with your private health insurer. Some companies offer rebates to their members for Embrace Aquanatal™ classes as the instructor is a midwife.
Should I eat before class or after class?
Please have a healthy snack 1-2 hours before class such as avocado on toast, cheese and biscuits, a banana or a serve of yoghurt.
After class you will feel very hungry, so when you get home it’s a good time to have a healthy meal.
What do I need to know about Mums & Bubs classes?
Our Mums & Bubs class is a fun, low-impact 30 min exercise class to help you regain your pre-pregnancy shape, build strength and fitness, while bonding with your baby and meeting other mums!
Mums, please bring with you a signed Post-Natal Medical Clearance Form.
Babies can attend from 6 weeks to 8 months of age. Please bring a swimming nappy and baby float.
(You may like to purchase your float from us. Ask us about buying a baby float. Floats are also available from Clarke Rubber, Rebel Sport and Target.)
Casual class $20
5 Class pass $80
10 Class pass $150
Are you ready to return to exercise after your baby's birth?
Some helpful information about exercise in pregnancy
Pelvic Floor First – Exercise in pregnancy and aqua exercise info
Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia- Well-being and Self-care
The Pregnancy Centre -Pregnancy Exercise Guidelines
Royal Australian and New Zealand Association of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG)- Exercise in Pregnancy Guidelines
Local service providers and businesses recommended by mums
Acupuncture Adriana Bellicanta
Australian Breastfeeding Association: Newcastle
Nutrition Well Fed
Osteopath Stephen Porter
Relationship Support Tracy Lynch