MUMS-to-be are being offered the chance to keep active and increase comfort in pregnancy with new aqua natal classes.

New classes involve low-intensity exercises performed in a swimming pool, with a free day leisure pass available to new customers.

Kate Blocki, fitness instructor said: “Aqua natal has lots of benefits. The buoyancy of the water offers support whilst you exercise and helps to improve core stability, balance and coordination, as well as helping to reduce back pain.

“It also gives mums some much needed time to engage with their body and their baby, and to meet other ladies who are also pregnant.

“Our friendly instructors offer guidance throughout the session, making it accessible for all levels and abilities.”

Aqua natal is available at: Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre, on Wednesday, 1.30pm to 2.30pm; Spennymoor Leisure Centre, Thursday 11.15am to 12 noon and at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre, on Saturday from 3.05pm to 3.50pm.

Free one day passes for new customers can be claimed by contacting the leisure centre.

Normal classes start from £3.60 for concessions and £4.50 for thrive card holders. Aqua natal classes are also included as part of the swim membership from £22.50 per month.