Free prenatal health program offered at two Austin YMCAs

Photo courtesy YMCA of Austin
Photo courtesy YMCA of Austin

A free new program at two Austin YMCA branches aims to help expectant mothers from low-income households prepare for birth and exercise safely during their pregnancies.

The free nine-week prenatal health and fitness program, “Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien,” will be offered from 10 a.m. – noon at the North Austin YMCA, 1000 W. Rundberg Lane, and from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays at the East Communities YMCA, 5315 Ed Bluestein Boulevard.

It is a collaboration between the YMCA of Austin and March of Dimes.

“By helping mothers to adopt healthier habits before their babies are even born, we hope to help their children live healthier lives from the start,” says Lauren Milius, health and wellness director at the East Communities YMCA. “We’re very excited to help March of Dimes expand the Becoming a Mom program in Central Texas.”

Expectant mothers will learn how to prepare for birth, create a birth plan, and what to expect both during and after pregnancy. Classes will also teach pregnant women how to exercise safely during pregnancy, and will include light exercise and meditation.

For more information, contact Lauren Milius at (512) 933-9622 or lauren.milius@austinymca.org.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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