I have to admit that I was sceptical as to what information an antenatal class could give us that we couldn’t find ourselves via friends, family, books, magazines and the Internet. The classes aren’t exactly cheap either so I wasn’t really sold on them.
The subject came up in conversation with a few second time mums that I met at aquanatal and pregnancy yoga classes. I told them that I didn’t really think it was worth the money especially as we had so much baby gear to buy. I was surprised when almost all of them recommended that I think about it again. They all gave the same reason, not because of the breathing exercises or massage techniques you will learn but because you will meet people that will be going through the same as you at the same time as you.
Having been convinced to go on the course I can now wholeheartedly say that the gift of having someone to text at 2.30am to talk you down from sticking your head in the oven is invaluable. Do they care when I rock up looking like death with crusty milk puke on my jeans, no, they get it. We meet up regularly and it has been such a lifeline and for that reason alone I would really recommend antenatal classes.
On the whole the info we got was useful but it was generally stuff I could have found out for myself. These are the things I wish they’d told us:
- The words birth and plan rarely belong in the same sentence.
- How to eat with one hand.
- How to drive a pushchair without taking out pensioners, small children, shop displays etc.
- How to shower / dress / throw makeup on in less than 1 minute.
- How to get carrot stains off the walls and poo stains off … everything!
- Never, ever, ever run out of wipes, a poo explosion and an empty packet of wipes is not a situation you want to find yourself in.
- How to make the most efficient use of the washing machine which will be on all of the time.
- If you ever want a hot drink again buy a thermos mug!