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'This Mum Can' physical activity programme launches

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in News on 9th June, 2021

The Community Perinatal Service are proud to launch the ‘This Mum Can’ physical activity programme.

The programme is a 12-week pilot promoting the benefits of exercise to women in the perinatal period and runs from 8 June - 31 August 2021.

Melanie Jolly, Physical Health Lead and Midwife said: "After securing funding with Active Devon and the Little Something Fund we are able to provide a number of antenatal and postnatal women working within our service the opportunity to be involved in the programme which aims to reduce physical health inequalities and improve physical and mental health."

In collaboration with a local specialist physical trainer the team are providing a number of antenatal and postnatal women working within the service the opportunity to be involved in the programme aimed to:

  • Improve women’s physical and mental health
  • Reduce physical health inequalities
  • Create a support network
  • Embed a healthy active lifestyle
  • Create a positive attitude towards physical activity
  • Exercise video filmed in green outdoors space

Active Devon helped the team promote the pilot scheme by filming a short video which can be viewed here or by clicking the image above.

The 12 week programme will include supervised physical activity, education and support via a closed Facebook group. This infographic helps explain the health benefits of physical activity in pregnancy and the postnatal period.

'This Mum Can' Physical Activity Programme infographic

Melanie said: "The perinatal period presents a unique time in a woman’s life where the implications of poor physical health can impact not only on the mother but also the developing baby and infant. We feel very grateful to be able to launch this project to support women to improve their health and I am confident that this will have a positive impact on both physical and mental wellbeing. We are looking forward to getting feedback from the women."