When you’re expecting a child, getting all the support you need is essential, and that support can come in many forms, from medical care to information gathering. Here are five types of classes you should take when you’re expecting.
There are many aspects to getting a good pregnancy education, but the most obvious and central is learning about childbirth itself. Often provided at hospitals and birthing centers, these classes help you prepare for your eventual labor and delivery process. There are many different birthing methods available to choose from, such as Lamaze, so it may be a good idea to do some research before deciding which works best for you. All birthing classes will teach you to recognize when you go into labor, ways to stay relaxed and deal with pain and about the different stages of labor. Then, you practice the techniques along with whatever birthing method you chose so you’re prepared when you go into labor.
Breastfeeding is a learned skill, not something a pregnant woman will understand perfectly from day one. There can be some trial and error involved, and every baby has a different feeding style. Taking a breastfeeding class is a good way to get the hang of the basics and make sure you gather all the supplies you need before giving birth. You can typically find breastfeeding classes at hospitals or you can see a lactation consultant.
- Financial Management
Having a baby can be an intimidating concept, particularly in the area of financial management. Taking care of your baby’s daily needs, ensuring he or she stays healthy and saving money for his or her future can be incredibly stressful. There are courses available to help you learn to better manage your money with your new baby in mind, such as budgeting and planning your financial roadmap.
Parenting classes can be especially useful for first-time parents. In a parenting class, you’ll learn the basics of taking care of a newborn, from feeding to bathing to changing diapers. Generally, you can find a parenting class at your local community center or hospital. Alternatively, you can ask your doctor for class recommendations. Some places may also offer individual or couples counseling to discuss any fears or worries you have regarding giving birth or raising a child, as well as how raising a child may change your relationship and how to deal with those changes.
In some areas, nutrition classes are available both for pregnant women and for their babies’ nutritional needs. Pregnant and breastfeeding women can benefit from learning which foods, supplements and medications to avoid during pregnancy and which may be beneficial for themselves and their babies. If you’re on a specific diet, such as veganism or if you have certain medical conditions, such as hypothyroidism, nutritional classes or consultations with a nutritionist or dietician can be important additions to your pregnancy education.
All of these types of classes and more can benefit people who are expecting and none are required for a soon-to-be-parent. Choose courses you think best fit your situation.