Starting soon: Prenatal and Postpartum classes
Whether you're pregnant or recently gave birth, we have designed classes to ensure the best possible health for you and your baby.
Space is limited. Register in person at the La Crosse YMCA or call (608) 782-9622.
Classes are open to the public and held at the Gundersen – Y Healthy Living Center, 1140 Main St., La Crosse, WI 54601. Childcare will be available if the class is held during Y Child Watch times.
Register in person at the Dahl Family YMCA in La Crosse or call (608) 782-9622. Class fee is $50.
Before Baby Basics
- Mondays, March 26 – April 30, 5:30-7 p.m.
- Mondays; Nov. 12 - Dec. 17, 5:30-7 p.m.
This is a six-week prenatal course led by a team of Gundersen and Y experts. Class topics include stages of labor, birthing positions, labor preparation exercises, breathing techniques, breastfeeding and more. There will be an opportunity to try new exercises during each class. Mothers-to-be should be about 20 weeks along at the start of the class. Space is limited; register early.
After Baby: Restore You & Your Core
- Mondays, Jan. 22 - March 12, 5:30-7 p.m.
- Thursdays, Jan. 25 - March 15, 9:30-11 a.m.
- Mondays, Sept. 17 - Nov. 5, 5:30-7 p.m.
- Thursdays, Sept. 20 - Nov. 8, 9:30-11 a.m.
This is an eight-week postpartum class led by Gundersen physical therapists and Y fitness experts. It is a low-intensity class meant for rebuilding belly and pelvic muscles to return to ideal posture and movement; allow for safe return to recreation/exercise; and prevent conditions such as low back pain, bladder control problems and organ prolapse. Participants will learn proper activation of pelvic-stabilizing muscles and proper breathing. Pre- and post-tests will evaluate abdominal muscle separation and pelvic strength. In-class instruction and take-home exercises provided. Timely topics, such as personal identity, relationship changes and caring for yourself and your family will also be discussed. Baby is welcome to attend. Attend this class a minimum of eight weeks postpartum.