Being active has many benefits for your health including:
- Helping maintain a healthy weight,
- Improving sleep,
- Helping to manage stress,
- Reducing the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, depression, joint and back pain, and cancer.
It's recommended that adults have at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise per week, but every minute counts!
For general information and tips on how to eat well and move more you can visit the NHS change4life. To find local activities and clubs you can visit the Staffordshire Connects or Stoke City Council - Libraries, sports and leisure websites.
Exercise after having a baby
After giving birth your ligaments are soft so it may be best to avoid high impact sports for the first 6 weeks, but you can begin gentle exercise such as walking or yoga as soon as you feel up to it.
It's important to continue pelvic floor exercises as soon as possible after giving birth. Pelvic Floor Exercises strengthen the muscles that help you control your bladder and bowel, and support your pelvic organs, helping to prevent incontinence and prolapse.
If you're worried about your pelvic floor and have pain, discomfort and/ or incontinence please speak to your Midwife or Health Visitor. The Specialist Pelvic Health Team also has lots of information.
Breast Self-Examination is a simple procedure which only takes ten minutes of your time. You should get to know your breasts – how they normally look and feel – so that you can detect any recent changes. For further information visit the NHS webpages 'How should I check my breasts?'
If you’re male and aged 15+, a simple monthly self-check will give you the best chance of noticing any problems early and of beating testicular cancer, should it ever happen to you. For further information check out the webpages 'What should my testicles look and feel like? or 'it's in the bag'.
We provide a range of sexual health services for people living in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, including free condoms, contraception sexual health testing and more. Follow the links below for services in your area:
Domestic abuse is common in the UK and anyone can be a victim, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background. Visit our Safeguarding Team site for further information and support.
We all go through ups and downs in life. The experiences we have can affect our mental health. Every Mind Matters can help you to manage and maintain your mental health. Good mental health makes such a difference. It helps us to relax more, achieve more and enjoy our children and family more.
NHS Every Mind Matters gives you simple and practical advice to get a healthier mind and get more out of life – from how to deal with stress and anxiety, to boosting our mood or sleeping better. It will help you spot the signs of common mental health conditions, get personalised practical self-care tips and information on further support. You'll also learn about what you can do to help others.
Midlands Partnership have also produced a range of Self Help Leaflets relating to mental health.
Ask for help and support, you are not alone. Your family GP, Health Visitor / School Nurse are there for you and can provide help and support. Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Wellbeing Service provide one easy point of access. They offer help with anxiety, low mood and coping with physical health conditions - you can self refer either online or by telephoning 0300 3030 923.
Perinatal Mental Health
Expectations regarding pregnancy and the birth of a baby suggest that it should be a positive and happy experience. For many women this isn't always the case. Please seek help and support, you are not alone.
You’re more likely to stop smoking with the right support. Find the combination of support that’s right for you and your family. NHS Better Health - Quit smoking are here to support you and provide a personal plan to help you along the way.