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Helping you to move more and be active in pregnancy and as a new mum

Pregnant women doing yoga

Being active during your pregnancy and after your baby has been born brings with it lots of benefits. The more active you are in pregnancy, the better you’re likely to feel about your body during pregnancy, labour and after birth.

However, understandably, many pregnant women and new mums with a child under the age of one experience nervousness and anxiety around physical activity.

Research has found that one of the main concerns is the anxiety surrounding what is and isn’t safe to do when you are pregnant, however being active during pregnancy and postnatally can be really good for your health.

You can speak to your midwife, GP or trained health professional if you are unsure about what physical activity you can and cannot do during pregnancy, as well as finding more information about exercise in pregnancy on the NHS website.

Running mum with baby stroller

To help support you in getting active during pregnancy and beyond, here you will find lots of resources, including links to leisure centres, parks, and outside spaces on our service finder, as well as links to other websites for further support and advice.

Getting active around Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

We’ve added a number of service types to our online service directory to help you find outdoor gyms, leisure centres and parks and outside spaces that are close to you:

Find our nearest by simply adding your postcode after clicking the links:

You can also find a wide range of information and activities on the Active Leicester website. Active Leicester provides a wide range of services to help women become or remain active, during and after pregnancy in Leicester. Pop into your local leisure centre to find out more or contact them at

Further local resources include:

Exercise in pregnancy advice on Health for Under 5s

We have created a number of posts around being active in pregnancy and beyond, which are available on Health for Under 5s. Take a look by clicking the links below:

Further nationally available resources

More resources to support you in getting active during pregnancy and as a new mum are below:

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Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called Chat Health. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health nurse (health visitor/school nurse) within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.

Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.

Page last reviewed: 22-08-2022

Next review due: 22-08-2025