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Active Mums

Let’s Get Our Mums Active

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.

In response, Moving Medicine, This Girl Can and The Active Pregnancy Foundation have teamed up to provide a suite of the most useful training and resources, based on feedback from GPs, midwives and health visitors, to arm healthcare professionals such as yourself with the knowledge and confidence to proactively hold these conversations. Active mums start with you.


Quick e-learning module:

Awareness and update of the current national physical activity guidelines for women during pregnancy and after childbirth (up to 12 months)

Webinar: Active Mums Start with YOU!

1 hour webinar for healthcare professionals from The Active Pregnancy Foundation and the Institute of Health Visiting covering current guidance, resources, opportunities to support your practice, and a Q&A.

This Mum Moves Training: Register for 2022

Training programme for health and fitness professionals to improve knowledge, skills, and confidence in promoting physical activity during pregnancy and beyond. Find out more and register your interest.

Active Conversations – Motivational Interviewing Training

The Active Conversations online course is a motivational interviewing course designed to help healthcare professionals learn how to have behaviour change conversations in the context of physical activity.

Information and resources for healthcare professionals

Chief Medical Officer Physical Activity Guidelines (2019), see page 35
Infographics on CMO guidelines – Pregnancy
Infographics on CMO guidelines – Postnatal
Moving Medicine Consultation Guides- Pregnancy
Moving Medicine Consultation Guides – Postnatal
Embedding physical activity into secondary care – a case study:
Guide to returning to running postnatally
“Active Mums Start With You” Posters and Social Media Assets

Please register with the This Girl Can supporters hub to access

Information and Resources to give to women

Activity-specific resources

These resources are packed with advice to support engagement in various forms of popular activity (such as resistance training, running and dance) throughout pregnancy and beyond. They were developed in collaboration with experts, in line with the CMO’s guidelines. Whilst they are public-facing, they also serve as useful tools for healthcare professionals.

Video guide to CMO guidelines – Pregnancy

Designed to bring the CMO’s guidelines to life, these videos are public-facing and can also be useful for healthcare professionals & can be embedded on their websites

Video guide to CMO guidelines – Postnatal
Patient information leaflet for new mothers
Patient information leaflet for pregnant women
Returning to activity readiness flowchart for new mothers

Where to signpost women

The Active Pregnancy Foundation website
Local buggy walks
Find support and local activities for pregnant women and new mothers
This Mum Moves Active at Home resource

Useful social media resources

Moving Medicine Active Pregnancy Twitter
The Active Pregnancy Foundation Twitter
The Active Pregnancy Foundation Facebook


The Active Pregnancy Foundation Instagram


The Active Pregnancy Foundation You Tube