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Pregnant pilates instructor launches Inverness classes specially designed for mums-to-be

By Gregor White

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Pilates teacher Lesley Clark (rigt) is running a class for pregnant women at Culloden Library.
Pilates teacher Lesley Clark (rigt) is running a class for pregnant women at Culloden Library.

New pilates classes in Culloden for expectant mums are a first for the Highlands

Lesley Clark, who is 30 weeks pregnant, runs various classes in physical fitness which focus on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing.

But she is now running weekly sessions for other pregnant women at Culloden Library as part of High Life Highland.

“There is nothing in the area for pregnant mums and I am thrilled that Culloden Leisure Centre has taken on a pregnancy class,” said the 37-year-old who is qualified in teaching pre and post-natal pilates classes.

“I don’t think there is enough of an emphasis in the community on keeping expectant mums active and mentally well and supported as there is in the post-natal period.

“This is an extremely important time that pregnant women can come to a place with other expectant mothers and feel supported.

“Sadly, I feel that there isn’t a place for pregnant ladies in the Highlands and it can be extremely isolating.”

Ms Clark, who lives with her partner Adrian in Culduthel has two children aged 12 and 16 and is due to give birth to her third in November.

Ms Clark who runs her own business, Oneness Pilates, also manages a Facebook group, the Inverness Bump Club, which brings together expectant mums online to support each other and discuss pregnancy-related issues such as local services, nutrition, worries, health and family life.

Chris Peters, a supervisor at Culloden Leisure Centre, was delighted to see the introduction of the classes which are held every Thursday between 1pm and 2pm.

“When I first met Lesley I could tell she was very passionate and interested about what she does,” he said. “I think it’s fantastic she is doing these classes.”

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