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? 


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 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.

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 have an Exercise Physiologist and a Pilates Instructor