THE Rise Up! Shape Up! web series of the Philippine Sports Commission returns, focusing this time on maternal health.

A weekly webinar streamed via Facebook and YouTube Live at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday’s episode, titled “Beauty, Blooms & Baby Bumps,” will talk about the benefits of proper and movement exercise during pregnancy.

In it, experts will be discussing important exercises and sporting activities during and after pregnancy to help women achieve a better and safer childbirth experience.

“Gone are the days when pregnant Pinays are discouraged from exercising because of unfounded concerns about safety for the baby. We want to correct that myth by providing scientific evidence from birthing professionals and success stories from new moms who managed to work out during pregnancy,” said PSC Commissioner and Women in Sports oversight Celia Kiram of the series’ fifth episode.

Participating in Beauty, Blooms & Baby Bumps are certified birth doula Ma. Beatrice Lina San Luis of on pregnant woman’s body empowerment; Aileen Vinoya, a midwife, nurse, owner, and administrator of Marikina Maternity Clinic and Lying In, who will answer some of the frequently asked questions of mothers concerning gentle birthing, nutrition, and physical activities; and yoga and meditation teacher Eileen Tupaz of White Space Mind and Body Wellness Studio, who will guide women to a pregnancy meditation.

Also participating is University of the Philippines College of Human Kinetics dean Francis Diaz, who will share his experience in how he supported his wife to ensure her physical fitness during pregnancy and give important tips and guides for men as a way of support to their partners.

Launched in October, Rise Up! Shape Up! is designed by the PSC campaign to motivate women and girls to integrate simple movement and workouts into their day-to-day living, especially during these times with the pandemic and various quarantine setups.

It also serves to underscore that the sports agency is committed to efforts to help in the nation’s fight against the pandemic.

For more information on Rise Up! Shape Up! visit its official Facebook page at — Michael Angelo S. Murillo