Women's Health

Galter LifeCenter offers several courses geared just for women. We offer prenatal classes as well as postnatal fitness for new moms. Along with these courses we've recently started offering Total Control which focuses on pelvic health and is appropriate for women postnatal to post-menopause.

Exercising before and during pregnancy is important to maintaining and improving fitness levels for mom and baby. Galter LifeCenter certified instructors offer many safe, effective and motivational fitness programs for women who wish to stay healthy throughout their childbearing years.

Pregnant women who exercise have more muscle tone, are more aerobically fit, and gain less overall weight and body fat. Additionally, exercise can support pelvic organs which can prevent urinary incontinence, bladder or uterine prolapse. They may also experience a decrease in varicose veins, back pain, leg cramps, swelling and constipation as compared to non-exercisers. Postpartum exercise can boost energy levels, reduce mood disturbances, ease lower back pain and support weight loss.

Every instructor for the following classes is certified by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Healthy Moms® program.

We offer:

Both Prenatal and postnatal Aqua Aerobics and Prenatal and postnatal Yoga classes are offered for free with your membership.  Nonmembers can purchase a single session drop-in for $20, a 5-pack for $80 or a 10-pack for $140.

A healthcare provider's permission and waiver is required before you begin any prenatal and postnatal fitness program. Download the forms here:

Permission Form
Release form
Health risk screener

Other services include nutrition counseling, integrative therapy and personal fitness training with licensed professionals who specialize in working with prenatal and postnatal women.

View our current prenatal and postnatal courses and workshops>

Visit Swedish Hospital for even more health and wellness options for women. 


Childbirth, menopause, illness and aging can cause or aggravate bladder control conditions in women. In fact, nearly half of American women will suffer from some bladder control problems during their lifetime, according to the Women’s Health Foundation.

Galter LifeCenter offers Total Control sessions, which are designed to teach women of all ages how to relieve their symptoms without surgery or medication.

In this class, participants learn to strengthen and train their pelvic and abdominal muscles in order to decrease the occurrence of incontinence and improve their lifestyles. Class participants also receive a copy of the book, You Go Girl…But Only When You Want To. The exercise ball and a resistance band are available for purchase.

Since its inception, approximately 25 percent of Total Control participants have reported the cessation of their control issues and of the remainder, two thirds report significant improvement.

View our current Total Control sessions>

Private Total Control Sessions

If you are unable to join one of our classes for this course, consider having private instruction with one of our trained instructors. You will receive 6 sessions, the tools (ball, band and book) and the availability to train on your schedule. Fees: Member $420, Nonmember $485

Swedish Hospital is committed to providing advanced care for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pelvic health conditions affecting women. Learn more about the continuum of care approach Galter LifeCenter and Swedish Hospital have for further treatment options.

Galter LifeCenter was recently named as a model program by the Women's Health Foundation.
For more information, or to register for the next Total Control session, contact Jennifer Palmer at 773-878-9936, ext. 7318, or email jpalmer@schosp.org 

773-878-9936, ext. 7318 

"I don't have a lot of time for myself. Galter and the KidCenter ensure that I do have time for myself." - Eilene