Birth Fit is for pregnant InterMed patients with a medical clearance from their doctor. Please contact your Ob-Gyn if you are interested.
Our physical therapists and athletic trainers lead this evidence-based prenatal exercise class to help you feel your best and prepare for labor and giving birth.We provide specialized, small group instruction in a fun, safe space.
Classes include strength training, stretching and aerobic, pelvic floor and balance exercises.
Birth Fit Benefits Include:
- Improved energy
- Improved strength
- Decreased rates of C-section
- Easier transition to post-partum
- Decreased urinary incontinence
- Reduced pain
- Improved flexibility
- Lower risk of diabetes
- Lower risk of high blood pressure
Birth Fit Class Details
Thursdays from 5-6 p.m.
100 Foden Road, West – South Portland
Physical Therapy gym on Floor 2
Cost: $15 per class
Sign up for a class by calling 207-780-8860.
Each session has a limited number of slots.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is child care available?
Not at this time.
How do I obtain a medical clearance from my doctor?
You can either ask your doctor at your next prenatal appointment or send them a message through MyInterMed, the patient portal. Your doctor will then send a signed medical clearance to the Physical Therapy department.
Every participant must have medical clearance before the start of class.
Where do I park?
In any open space in the InterMed Plaza at 100 Foden Road in South Portland.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothes that allow you to move without restriction and tennis shoes.
What should I bring?
We encourage you to bring your own water bottle. We do have water cups and a fountain. We will provide workout mats for each participant, but you are welcome to bring your own.
How difficult is the class?
This class is intended for all levels of fitness and is crafted to be safe for all pregnant patients. The level of intensity is based on your own rating of how hard you are working. The target intensity is “moderately hard.” This will look different for each participant and we provide scaled-down versions of every exercise to meet your needs.
What if I am experiencing pain or have an existing injury?
Let the instructor know ahead of time and we will gladly give you modified movements that do not increase your symptoms.
This is not a physical therapy session so no physical therapy treatment will be performed in the class.
How do I pay?
We accept cash, credit or debit.