Pregnancy can be a time for celebration and excitement – as well as a time of change, anxiety and questions. It can be a time for information, support and reassurance; when we want to know what we are experiencing is normal and when we want to look after ourselves.
The Network aims to provide you with information and links to local practitioners who can help you with antenatal fitness, pregnancy massage, reflexology, support in pregnancy and antenatal classes.
There are huge amounts of magazines, books and websites available with information about childbirth, so why bother with antenatal classes?
Good antenatal classes will give you:
- An opportunity to gain reassurance, support and information to help you prepare for the birth of your baby
- The time to express any fears and to help to ease them. In our society birth is often feared and worried about and by acknowledging your fears, you can prepare for labour and birth positively.
- Information and skills to work with your contractions. Using positions and breathing skills can help be relaxed and comfortable in pregnancy, as well as calm and in control during labour.
- A place where dads can feel included and valued. As a birth partner dads have an important role to play – dads need an opportunity to ask questions and to gain information and reassurance too
- The opportunity to meet other expectant parents
- Ongoing support – for information after the course has finished or some extra support in those early days as a parent
Janine Rudin from Birth & Baby Basics says: “Good antenatal classes are definitely worth the investment. If you can gain more reassurance and information, while also meeting other expecting parents, it all contributes to a positive pregnancy.”
For more information about choosing the right antenatal classes for you, contact Janine at: email@example.com
If ever there was a time to pamper yourself, then pregnancy is it – after all you are growing another human being!
Booking yourself in for a massage is not an indulgence, it can make a huge difference to how you feel.
You get to relax and say goodbye to stress, and so does your baby. Some uninterrupted time to chill and just be with your baby bump can’t be under-estimated – it’s a great way to bond, while also helping to ease your aches and pains and boosting your mood.
Julia McCarthy from Sanctuary House provides pregnancy massage and reflexology and recommends that pregnant women use a therapist who is trained and experienced at providing pregnancy massage, “you need the peace of mind that the practitioner is safe, using appropriate massage oils.”
Keeping fit in pregnancy
Pregnancy isn’t an excuse to turn into a sloth and veg out on the sofa for nine months. Yes you may feel tired and have developed a few aches but exercise really could help to banish those, while keeping you feeling fitter and happier too.
You may fancy a class – like pilates, yoga, aerobics and aquafit – or you could just get out for more walks. Exercising in pregnancy is safe if you listen to your body and don’t over do it so take it gently as your body grows and changes and get advice from your midwife if you are unsure.
Pilates instructor Claire writes:
Exercise in pregnancy can boost your energy levels as well as your mood. It can also help you to maintain a healthy pregnancy weight so you may get back to your pre-pregnancy weight quicker.
By keeping your body moving and stretching, you can help to relieve some of those pregnancy related aches and pains and exercise also helps to keep you strong and fit for labour and the birth of your baby.
And, of course, group classes also give you the chance to meet other expectant mum’s and make new friends.
Exercise Tips by Debbie Donaldson from Pushy Mothers:
If you are pregnant, you may be wondering if it safe to exercise in pregnancy. The simple answer is yes, although I would recommend that you get your midwife to agree it is ok for you to exercise.
It may be important to modify your exercise, and attend classes specifically for pregnant women, where the teacher has specialist knowledge and an interest in pregnant women.
Exercising in pregnancy can improve posture, relieve stiffness and, most importantly, increase energy levels. Combined with sensible eating, exercise in pregnancy also helps to control weight gain.
Chances are, your body will recover from pregnancy and birth quicker if you exercise during pregnancy. Your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles should regain strength sooner and you will find it easier to return to your pre-pregnancy shape if your muscles are toned and stretched.
So feel free to get moving, feel confident about your changing body and enjoy your pregnancy.
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