6 of 10 swim teachers expecting babies at same time

From left, Julie McGrail, Nikki Mitchell, Lucy Lavelle, Laura Valkonen, Sheena Carroll, Karina Reinhardt, Katy Fisher and baby Samuel. Picture: comp
From left, Julie McGrail, Nikki Mitchell, Lucy Lavelle, Laura Valkonen, Sheena Carroll, Karina Reinhardt, Katy Fisher and baby Samuel. Picture: comp
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BUSINESS might already be booming, but a tots’ swimming class could be set for a few new customers – as more than half of its staff have fallen pregnant at the same time.

Swimming teachers at Turtle Tots in Edinburgh have been left stunned after they discovered all of their babies are due within four months of each other, and five out of the six that are expecting will be welcoming their second child into the world.

The business, based on Greenbank Crescent, consists of only ten members of staff – another one of whom is a new mum herself.

Karina Reinhardt, the business director, said she has no concerns about covering her tots classes while her mums are on maternity leave, but finds it amusing that everyone planned on having a baby at the same time.

The 36-year-old, who is expecting her third child, said: “Watching babies in the water every day with their parents just makes us broody.

“It’s such a lovely environment and I think it just makes us all want to experience it again.

“Everyone finds it funny that we all seem to have fallen pregnant at the same time.

“We just keep adding someone else to the pregnancy list.

“I am the only one expecting my third child but I think we all planned it.”

Six out of the ten members of staff are pregnant, with a seventh member currently on maternity leave after recently giving birth to a baby boy, named Samuel.

Karina, an ex-competitive swimmer and lifeguard, is hoping to recruit two new teachers and another administrator to cover the business in her current employees’ absence.

Turtle Tots, which began in 2012, provides classes to teach babies and young children to swim.

The lessons begin during pregnancy and continue once the baby is born.

Karina added: “We hold aquanatal yoga classes for pregnant woman and we were all joking that there would be no room left in the class for anyone else.

“I think some of the staff were nervous about telling me they were expecting but we are a really supportive team.”

Julie McGrail, who lives in the city centre, is one of the pregnant mums.

The 32-year-old said she was looking forward to experiencing her second pregnancy with the support of her work colleagues.

Julie, who was last out of all the staff to become pregnant, said: “It must be something in the water.

“Its crazy this has happened as it outweighs the odds – one starts off and we’ve all followed.

“But its great we are all going to be able to experience it together.

“Hopefully when our babies are born they will all come together in one of the Turtle Tots classes.”

courtney.cameron@edinburghnews.com