Physical activity during pregnancy and after childbirth provides a range of physical and mental health benefits for women and birthing people. However, despite the national guidelines, evidence suggests that up to 75% of women of childbearing age do not meet these recommendations.
Historically, pregnant women were considered vulnerable and were advised to reduce their level of activity, which is probably why a survey reveals 64% of pregnant women or women with children under one year have experienced nervousness or anxiety related to physical activity.
Therefore we need to address this myth and increase the confidence of mums and mums to be or remain active, increase conversations about being active as part of the maternal pathway, as well as design provision that fits the needs of this audience and think about the role that birthing partners can play.
As such we want to understand what is already happening in this space, build relationships with partners to better understand the gaps and needs locally, see how we can add value to services and ultimately increase the physical and mental wellbeing of women and birthing people through the perinatal period by physical activity provision.
This free face to face networking session will provide a relaxed learning opportunity to consider and discuss supporting women and birthing people during the perinatal period to be active. The session will look at the insight and what we know about physical activity behaviours of this audience, share real life stories and good practice examples and highlight available resources and training opportunities.
There will be opportunities to network with colleagues and to discuss ways of collaborating to provide physical activity provision for this audience.