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Empowering Pregnancy and Motherhood!

Class Information

The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties
MultiCare Health System

Welcome to Empowering Pregnancy and Motherhood!

Empowering Pregnancy and Motherhood is a FREE 5-week class series, to support you in your pre- and post-partum (up to one year after delivery) wellness journey. Classes are 90 minutes in length. Group includes 20-30 minutes of physical activity such as walking, yoga and muscle strengthening exercises. All levels of fitness are welcome!  The remaining 45-60 minutes are spent discussing pregnancy, nutrition, simple meal preparation and planning, and food budgeting including a demonstration or food tasting! 

Participant Quotes

When asked what, they liked about the program, their responses were:

"I liked learning something new every week." 

“The positive energy and knowledge.”

“Had me think more about nutrition when meal planning.”

“The importance of meal planning and how to stretch proteins in a dish…clever J.”

“Learning all the different ways to use food items, how to experiment with new foods, and being creative!”

“I was surprised at how much I learned. I have more confidence in eating healthy/healthier. I also really liked the handouts! Very practical!”

What encouraged you to come back each week? “Learning new things, the atmosphere, the people, and I felt energized after a good exercise.”

If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please contact us at [email protected].

Info for Children Attending Class

We are not able to offer childcare onsite. You are encouraged to make other arrangements whenever possible. If no options for childcare are available, you can bring your children with you to group. Please see the following guidelines:

  • Children must be your legal dependent.
  • Bring toys or other activities to entertain your children.
  • Bring a stroller or baby carrier if needed for walking portion of group.
  • Breastfeeding moms are welcome to nurse during group as needed. 
  • If children become disruptive, we will ask you to step outside until they calm down.

Please note: If you plan to bring your children to class, you must let us know prior to class as a limited number of children will be permitted to attend each class series. Please contact us at [email protected] for questions and more information.

Translations Services: If you’re in need of a translator to attend class, please let us know. You’re welcome to bring a friend or family member, or one can be provided for you. For more information, please contact us at [email protected].

YMCA Membership Information

Your participation in the Empowering Pregnancy and Motherhood series includes a 5-week membership to the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties. More information about how to use this benefit will be provided at the first class.

Support Group Location

Classes will be held at the Lakewood YMCA, 9715 Lakewood Dr. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499.

Public Transportation

Pierce Transit has many route options and bus stops near the Lakewood YMCA.  To plan your route and/or learn more about Pierce Transit options, please visit: http://www.piercetransit.org/.

Program Details

Please read this information for more class information:

A few things to consider before coming to class:

  • Wear comfortable and appropriate clothes for physical activities.  
  • Wear close-toed shoes for physical activities.
  • If you’d like, bring a paper and pen to take notes.
  • You’re welcome (and encouraged!) to bring a water bottle.
  • If needed, please feel free to bring snacks.
  • If you’d like, you are welcome to bring a support person with you.