8 Things You Need to Know About Antenatal Classes
I have little to no experience with babies, children, pregnancy… you name it.
I hadn’t even changed a diaper before I became pregnant so it’s safe to say I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. For this
I was really unsure of what I was getting myself into and it prompted me to write a list for others so that they could get an idea
1. IT’S BEST TO BOOK EARLY
Our midwife was quick to let us know that the sooner you book your antenatal class, the better – and she was right on the mark with this one. It’s surprising how quickly they book out, especially when you’re having a baby around the months of December,
Letting my inner control freak shine, I booked mine way in advance – I literally booked my antenatal class in August. Yep…
2. IT MAY COST YOU TO ATTEND ANTENATAL CLASSES
Classes used to be free however my understanding nowadays is that you need to pay for most classes.
There were a few classes to choose from in our area of Auckland. The total cost for the class we chose was $150 and we were able to choose from
We decided to smash it out and go with the Saturday option and I’m really glad we did as I think a weekly course over four weeks would have been too much for me personally. I also found later into my pregnancy that I become more tired and I would go to bed much earlier – something to keep in mind for Mum’s who are yet to book.
3. WANT AN IDEA ON WHAT TOPICS WILL BE COVERED?
Although I would hope that most classes cover off the general basis for pregnancy, birth and the first week of having a newborn baby, classes may differ in the content they provide.
The topics that we were taught were;
- Pain relief and pain management
- Turning a baby
- Birthing the placenta
- Skin to skin contact
- The first three days with a newborn and what to expect
- Safe sleeping,
- Tummy time
4. YOU MAY NOT REMEMBER WHAT YOU LEARNT
I have a shocking memory so I wrote almost everything down in a notebook in the hopes it would help cement what we were taught. When you’re pregnant you have enough on your mind as it is and that’s not taking into account the endless advice and information that you become inundated with. In just over a month I could hardly remember a thing! In the end that wasn’t a problem as things changed and I decided to form my own opinion and do some research, which brings me to my next point…
5. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH
Antenatal classes can be very opinionated, depending on the person running the class. It’s easy to see how people may feel that what they were taught was “exactly what they needed to
6. DON’T EXPECT YOUR PARTNER TO ENJOY THE CLASSES
I literally had to drag my husband to these classes. We opted for the weekend sessions from
Surprisingly he ended up being a good sport and he brought a great sense of
7. YOU MAY FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE
This comes in
If you are worried about sitting for a long period of time you can always take a swiss ball if it helps, I know a lady in our class did that
8. IF YOU’RE LUCKY YOU MAY END UP WITH A GREAT COFFEE GROUP
It’s always handy to meet people that are going through a pregnancy and are due to give birth around the same time as yourself. I was lucky that most of our group (approximately 9 couples) were around our age which made it easier to form friendships and want to stay in touch.
About four or five of us have stayed in touch and formed a coffee group and they are a great bunch of ladies
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kylie is a survivor. She’s endured events that no-one should have to experience. That’s why she wants to share her story; to help other women live beyond their pain so that they too can take control of their life, and live the life they deserve.