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Which antenatal classes?

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JuniDD Fri 09-May-14 18:29:08

I am 16 weeks along and starting to think about what classes are best to go to, if any. My midwife has given me the info for the NHS ones which are in July. Most of my friends went to NCT groups and still have good friends from these. Another friend has recommended Lazy Daisy birthing but these don't seem to include your partner. Is pregnancy yoga worth doing? I like to plan and book these things but I'm a bit lost!
Thanks for any advice.

Fissawissa Fri 09-May-14 20:10:52

Sorry I don't have any advice but I'm wondering the same things as you.
I don't want to do NCT as this is our second baby & I already have good friends.
I would like to do yoga / Pilates / hypnobirthing / aqua natal.

DearDinah Sat 10-May-14 07:14:04

I'm doing Lazy Daisy & really enjoying them, they're a combination of very gentle yoga moves designed to help you labour better, get baby in best position & give you breathing techniques, also a section on education & at the end total relaxation & hypnosis my class is 6 weeks & she's running a couples workshop at the end for 3 hours

mummybare Sat 10-May-14 07:57:17

I found NCT useful with DC1. It was informative, which was particularly good for DH as, whereas I will read up on stuff, he won't. It also gave us a good social network. I still see one of the mums for regular playdates and we meet up with another, who works ft, for nights out. Then there are a couple more who we will see at/invite to birthdays etc. This is 2 years on. During maternity leave and I n the first couple of months post-birth we all met up once a week or so and the support was great.

I can also recommend pregnancy yoga. It's great for dealing with pregnancy niggles and staying mobile and relaxed during pregnancy.

I also listened to a hypnobirthing CD and am doing a course this time round (what can I say, I like to be prepared!) I thin it all helps.

Doje Sat 10-May-14 08:08:31

Agree with PP about NCT being good for DH's. I learnt a lot, but had done some reading already. DH hadn't and still now raves about how useful he found the course. I'm now meeting up with the other ladies one a week roughly, and finding it great for sharing info on local groups as well as the support.

I did Yoga too, and mostly enjoyed that for the chats with other pregnant people! It was nice to be around 'my own kind' once a week and have a bit of a moan, or pass on some advice.

Plateofcrumbs Sat 10-May-14 09:27:29

I'm doing NCT + pregnancy yoga + possibly a hypnobirthing course. Which I'm getting a lot out of but is costing a small fortune!

Lazy Daisy classes sound like quite a good hybrid if you were only going to do one thing, maybe with an NHS class as well for the more practical stuff.

JuniDD Sat 10-May-14 10:00:12

Hello! Thanks for the replies, really interesting. I definitely need DH to get involved a bit more (he wouldn't even read the info about the NT scan "too depressing..."). We've been trying a long time so I've done a lot of research over the years for myself but he is really clueless. I'll take a look into NCT for both of us and maybe Lazy Daisy for me then. smile

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