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Pregnancy exercise options in the Illawarra

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Pregnancy exercise options in the Illawarra

Amelia Coleman


We know from numerous studies the great benefits of exercise during pregnancy. Regular exercise can reduce discomfort during pregnancy, make birth easier, reduce stress, and help your post-baby body get back into shape.

Generally, low impact exercises specifically designed for pregnant women are the best. Here in the Illawarra we are lucky to have many options for prenatal exercises.

Pregnancy Yoga

Pregnancy yoga can be an amazing exercise. It helps you gently stretch and relax and can also help you connect with your baby. I loved my pregnancy yoga so much and even did several poses during labour!

Our local yoga options are:

Younga Yoga Studio
Lot 5 Thomas Street, Wollongong 02 4227 1997

Wellness Centre, Wollongong
81 Keira St, Wollongong 02 4226 3777

The Nesting Place
Thirroul Community Centre. Contact Briony for more information

Ray of Light Bulli
20 Cope Place, Bulli 0414 585 688

Sandra Bolack Yoga Kiama
North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre 0419 607 189

Kutumba Family Yoga
North Wollongong 0408 848 139

Radiant Soul Yoga
100 Princes Hwy, Thirroul 0418 697 853

The Burgh Gym
338 Cemetery Rd, Helensburgh 024294 1282

Pregnancy Pilates

Pilates is a great exercise option for pregnant women. Pilates is all about core strength and having strong core muscles can prevent pelvic floor strain. It is also important to have strong abdominal muscles and again pilates is amazing for this.

The Pilates Workship Fairy Meadow
Fairy Meadow (02) 4283 8881

Wollongong Pilates Studio
9/83 Railway Ave, Corrimal (02) 4285 2518

The Wellness Centre Wollongong
81 Keira St, Wollongong 02 4226 3777

Shellharbour Health
1 Jindabyne Road, Flinders 02 4295 4698

Intuitive Body Corrimal
1/256 Princes Hwy, Corrimal 0423 105 895

Pregnancy Aqua Aerobics

Aqua aerobics is fast becoming a popular pregnancy exercise option. Doing exercise in water is fantastic when you are pregnant because the buoyancy of being in water will help reduce impact on your joints. Aqua aerobics is great if you are suffering with pelvic girdle pain or symphysis pubis dysfunction and looking for ways to still keep fit but cant cope with anything that hurts your already sore hips.

McKeon's Swim School
Cnr Marley Place and Five Islands Rd, Unanderra 02 4272 7272

Kiama Leisure Centre
1 Havilah Place, Kiama 02 4232 1877

Shellharbour Swim School
46 Sunset Ave, Barrack Heights 02 4295 1006

Northern Stars Swim School
9 Watts Lane, Bellambi 02 4285 8700

Beaton Park
Foley Ave, Gwynneville 02 4227 7755

Swimming Pools

Swimming is probably the most recommended pregnancy exercise. It is low impact, a great cardio workout and perfect for when your muscles and joints are aching. The climate is so lovely here that outdoor swimming is available for most of the months but luckily we have some indoor options for those colder times.

URAC
Outdoor heated pool
University of Wollongong, Gwynneville 02 4221 4700

Beaton Park
Indoor heated pool
Foley Ave, Gwynneville 02 4227 7755

Dapto Pool
Outdoor heated pool
Bangaroo Ave, Dapto 02 4261 1963

Corrimal Pool
Outdoor heated pool
Short St, Corrimal 02 4284 9135

Free outdoor pools (unheated) at Helensburgh, Thirroul, Continental, Port Kembla, Berkeley and Western Suburbs Pools (Unanderra).

Walking

Don't think that you have to pay for exercise, there is always walking! There are so many beautiful walks in the Illawarra. We have the gorgeous coast to walk along and beautiful bushland to explore.

What was your favourite exercise while pregnant? Are there any other pregnancy exercise options in the Illawarra that I've missed? Please comment below with your suggestions

 

Have you had your baby and looking for post-natal exercise options? Check out this list

 

Do you live in the Illawarra area? Join our privatepregnancy and parenthood Facebook group
'Pregnant In The Illawarra'
to connect with local Mum's and Mum's-to-be