This week was a big week, we graduated from prenatal class! When we first found out “the BIG news” our doctor recommended that we attend a prenatal class. At first we were not sure if it was the best use of our time but, after talking about it, Kim and I decided to give it a try. For us, it was the right decision for a number of important reasons.
The classes ran every Tuesday evening for seven weeks and it actually turned into a nice “date night” for us. Luckily, for me (maybe not so much for Kim) there was a Whole Foods right around the corner. Where we would meet after work, have dinner, and then go to class together.
To be honest, a lot of the information that was taught was quite basic and at times very allopathic focused. For a holistic nutritionist and someone who is planning on having a natural child birth, it was not always relevant or ideal.
However, the pros did outweigh the cons. Although these classes are not for everyone, there are five reasons why you might want to consider attending a prenatal class.
Sharing with other soon-to-be moms
There were seven other couples in the class and we were all due within a few months of each other. It was great to be able to spend time talking with them, hearing about their experiences and what they were going through on a weekly basis.
Reduces obsessive Googling
As I have shared, pregnancy and Googling do not always go well together. It often becomes much too easy to ask Google than to take the time and get proper information from a health care practitioner. Having a certified prenatal instructor accessible to you each week helps reduce the misinformation and stress that can be caused by asking Google the same question.
Knowing what to expect during the birth of your baby, what options are available to you, and how you can prepare will help. Women who feel prepared for birth tend to have better experiences and less anxiety, giving you additional confidence and knowledge to make better decisions.
You don’t know what you don’t know
Even though the information was basic I still learnt a lot. Having tools and charts given to me to help track my contractions, the development of my baby, and even how many dirty diapers I should expect each day during the first week is information that takes the mystery out of childbirth and becoming a new mom. Information is empowering and often what we learn is much less scary then what we imagine in our minds.
There were numerous pamphlets and contact information shared for resources in my community that I had no idea existed. Being aware of the often free community programs available after my baby is born, to help with everything from breastfeeding issues to postpartum depression is useful.
Did you attend a prenatal course? Did you find it helpful? What have you done to help you prepare for the birth of your baby? I would love to hear about your experiences below.
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