Everything changes after a baby. A new group in Lee County is helping moms adjust to those changes and educating them on tips to soothe their new baby.
At the Fourth Trimester Club some days it’s play time for babies and exercise time for moms, while other times it’s classes on lactation and infant massages.
“The fourth trimester club is for moms and new babies under a year who are transitioning from that postpartum time, so really looking at the health and development issues that come after having a baby,” said Carrie Bloemers, a personal health advocate with Lee Health.
Bloemers organized the group to help moms adjust to the many changes that can happen after pregnancy. “So much changes after you have a baby and one thing we also want to provide is a way to connect with other moms while going through education on how your body changes with our physical therapists, or get breast feeding support from a lactation consultant,” said Bloemers.
Each class is aimed at educating moms and helping them develop relationships with other moms.
“I wanted to meet other moms and babies. I’m only on maternity leave for a few weeks so I wanted to try to get out with her as much as possible and learn as much as we can,” said new mom Stacy Frazee.
The group meets twice a month at the Healthy Life Center in Coconut Point. Each class has a different focus from physical therapy for both mom and baby to mental health classes that help mom focus on herself and her relationships after pregnancy. “In this area, Bonita and Estero specifically, there has not been any moms groups in the past. So we really wanted to provide a physical place for moms to connect,” said Bloemers.
A place where both mom and baby can relax, learn, and interact with other moms.
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