Antenatal Classes are designed to educate parents about different issues related to pregnancy, labor and delivery. Antenatal classes are a great way to learn about pregnancy and child birth and they can be a source of great support and confidence for couples, especially who are going to be parents for the first time.
There are many benefits of antenatal classes and following topics are usually covered in Antenatal classes.
How to take care of your health during pregnancy.
Healthy eating during pregnancy.
Breathing exercises and their benefits.
Antenatal exercises and how to keep yourself fit during pregnancy.
Antenatal yoga- way to keep you relaxed and stress free.
Preparing for labour and child birth.
How to take care of your baby including information about breast feeding.
Health after delivery
Antenatal classes start around 20 weeks post pregnancy and are usually once or twice a week and the number of antenatal classes varies from place to place.
Antenatal exercises aims at enhancing physical and psychological preparation for delivery by means of muscle strengthening and joint stretching.
Antenatal exercises and yoga helps in not only reducing the risks of unplanned caesarean sections but also speeds up the post delivery recovery. Woman who stay active and exercise during pregnancy are less likely to develop high blood pressure and gestational diabetes.
Another benefits of exercise during pregnancy are:
Prepare your body for child birth as labour requires stamina.
Good quality sleep.
Less lower back and pelvic pain.
Boosts your mood.
Antenatal classes helps to improve knowledge about pregnancy and childbirth. Studies have shown that women who attend antenatal classes, they are more satisfied with experience of pregnancy and delivery.