Pregnancy Programme - Fitback and Bumps








Many women stop exercising during pregnancy because they are scared that it might harm their baby. However, research has shown that exercising safely and in moderation has benefits for both mum and baby. It is also known that…

  • Only 15% of women exercise at recommended levels during pregnancy.
  • Up to 80% of women suffer from back and pelvic pain during and after pregnancy.
  • Up to 45% of women suffer stress incontinence due to weakened pelvic floor muscles even when surveyed 5 - 7 years post-pregnancy.

Fitback and Bumps is a new Ante Natal and Post Natal Educational Exercise Programme run by Chartered Physiotherapists. It brings mums and mums-to- be together to share their pregnancy experience.    

The core elements of the programme are:

  • Educating women into their ever changing body and posture.
  • Exercising safely during and after pregnancy.
  • Strengthening the core/postural muscles helping to reduce the incidence of back and pelvic pain.
  • Exercising the abdominal region to flatten the stomach after pregnancy.
  • Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles helping to reduce the incidence of stress incontinence.
  • Creating new friendships and sharing the pregnancy experience.

Doreen Dempsey, Women’s Health Chartered Physiotherapist is delighted to be introducing this programme to Castlebar. Fitback and Bumps Pregnancy and Post Pregnancy Programmes are available at Kachina,

Pregnancy Programme at 7pm

Post –Pregnancy Programme at 8.30pm

The programme consists of 4 one hour sessions incorporating exercises, stretches and discussions on different topics.

COST IS 80 EURO.  Small group sizes.

Doreen Dempsey has the benefit of more than 10 years’ experience working in both ante and post- natal rehabilitation in a hospital and private practise setting. She has completed many women’s health post-graduate weekend courses including those run by renowned Australian physiotherapist Mary O’ Dwyer author of HOLD IT MAMA and HOLD IT SISTER! Doreen has treated hundreds of women in an out-patient hospital department in the past 10 years so is able to answer all questions that women may have regarding their pregnancy aches and pains.  She also has 3 young children herself so this can come in useful for providing hints and tips.

Doreen’s second love is her general musculoskeletal and sports injury work as a Chartered Physiotherapist in her practise in Balla Medical Centre since it opened more than 5 years ago. Prior to that she worked in private practise in Claremorris  for 6 years.  Doreen also got to work in a large teaching hospital in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia for a number of months where she originally got to see first- hand ante-natal exercise classes which involved pregnant women performing step aerobics right up to their due date! She has also completed a post-graduate diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine.

For information and bookings please phone (086) 8288619.