Antenatal classes are getting popular amongst pregnant women and their partners. This is an information-sharing class and also a support group where you can get a chance to meet similarly pregnant couples. You will get introduced to the professional team that will care for you during pregnancy and labour-delivery. You and your partner should both attend the classes. You can also share your pregnancy excitements and woes with other couples and you may be pleasantly surprised to discover that nearly all of them are going through the same highs and lows. Of course, an important activity of the class is to encourage fitness and exercise that is appropriate for pregnancy. Hence the classes focus on various exercises to promote fitness during pregnancy and help the mums-to-be get prepared for labour and delivery. Postnatal exercises are also explained.
NO. If you are the sort who has gone through most of the pregnancy guide books inside-out and has a good awareness about your state, what to expect in labour and how to relax during labour, most of your preparatory work is done already. This is what most antenatal classes train couples for.
However, a well-conducted antenatal programme is not merely about theoretical education. It also gives you an opportunity to take a ‘tour’ of the Delivery Suite, meet your careers and thus familiarize yourselves with the environment, which you will encounter during their labour and delivery process.
It also gives you the opportunity to learn and perform antenatal exercises, which are important to keep active and supple during pregnancy.