Being pregnant and having a baby is a huge transition in life that, unsurprisingly, makes being active even more of a challenge for many. A recent study by This Girl Can found that 74% of pregnant women and people, and new mothers would be reassured to become or stay active if they received advice or encouragement from a healthcare professional. But 33% of midwives and health visitors, from the 393 questioned, rarely or never spoke about or gave advice on getting active to pregnant women and people, with 27% rarely or never giving advice. (This Girl Can 2020)
Being active during pregnancy and beyond brings with it a host of physical and mental benefits, including a reduction in hypertensive disorders, lower gestational weight gain, a reduction in the risk of developing gestational diabetes, and a reduction in depression, improved emotional wellbeing and a quicker return to pre-pregnancy weight in the postpartum period.
However, many healthcare professionals don’t regularly have conversations about physical activity with this population group.
As such we are supporting new parents in Cornwall through:
- Actively supporting and promoting the This Girl Can campaign Active Mums Starts with You. This campaign has been developed by Moving Medicine, This Girl Can and The Active Pregnancy Foundation to provide a suite of the most useful training and resources, based on feedback from GPs, midwives and health visitors, to arm healthcare professionals with the knowledge and confidence to proactively hold these conversations.
- Creating a local network of professionals from the healthcare, local government, charity, fitness and leisure industry to share best practice, ideas and work together to support new mums with physical recovery and activity.
- Delivering and promoting training to key partners who work directly with new parents in their pre and post natal period.
Become a This Mum Moves Ambassador
This Mum Moves is an educational programme which aims to empower women to make informed physical activity choices throughout pregnancy and beyond by providing professionals with the tools to discuss physical activity during the childbearing years.
Three Steps to Becoming a TMM Ambassador
Step 1: Complete the free ‘Pregnancy and Postnatal Period: Being Active’ e-learning module
Step 2: Attend the CPD accredited ‘This Mum Moves’ Ambassador Training’ workshop (commissioned by Active Cornwall and taking place on 17 November 2022)
Step 3: Explore the resources on the ‘Digital Toolkit’ before completing the ‘Knowledge Checker’ assessment