Aquanatal FAQs

Your questions about our aquanatal classes answered

If you’re expecting a baby, you’ll understandably want to know how to take great care of yourself and your baby. If our aquanatal FAQs below don’t answer your question, please click here to find your local office and get in touch!

Do I need to be a good swimmer?

No, you won’t need to swim, just be able to stand in the water. We won’t ask you to submerge yourself or to do anything which doesn’t make you feel comfortable.

What qualifications do your teachers have?

All of our teaching qualifications are accredited by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), so you’re in the safest hands.

How many weeks can I book at a time?

You can book a set of lessons in either a 4, 6 or 8 week block, but you can repeat the block of lessons as often as you like, working at your own pace and level. If you’re over 38 weeks’ pregnant, you can book for 2 weeks.

Is it safe?

We’ve designed our aquanatal classes to be as gentle (but also as effective) as possible, and we’ve consulted with leading specialists to ensure there’s no better class. It’s important to use a well-designed programme, because a poorly designed one (or just using a standard exercise regime), may not be safe for you or your baby.

How will I know if I am overdoing it?

We’ll never push you to do anything you’re not comfortable with, but only you know how your body feels. Never exhaust or overheat yourself. During classes, if you start to feel faint, unwell or in pain then gently slow down, and then stop, whatever you’re doing and speak to your WaterBumps teacher. Outside of classes, watch for feeling exceptionally tired and run-down, or taking longer than you would expect to recover after this amount of exercise.

Will my fitness improve?

We’re all about strengthening through gentle exercise, as opposed to improving fitness, so you’ll maintain your current fitness levels without stressing or straining your body. Our aquanatal classes will help you to maintain your core, and support your growing bump, as well as giving you some core strength for after your baby is born.

What’s WaterBumps’ connection to Water Babies?

We’re part of the same family as Water Babies, the UK’s leading baby swim school, so we know a thing or two about what being in the water can do for you.

Are there any reasons I shouldn’t exercise?

If you have any concerns at any time, you should check with your medical professional. In the meantime, the Tommy’s website has some good advice about exercising before your baby is born.

Are there any exercises to avoid in pregnancy?

During pregnancy, you’ll need to take extra care of yourself and your baby. The NHS Choices website has good advice for how to make the most of exercise and which exercises to avoid.