Week 34 of My Pregnancy – Antenatal classes start this week

NCT Antenatal Class 2010

I had an appointment with the birth centre and received my new maternity notes. I found out that my due date is actually 12 December so they have given me an extra 3 days to prepare for the baby. The midwives told me that scans actually predict the due date a few days early and that it’s better to work out your due date from the last day of your period if you have a regular period cycle. The midwife tested my urine again and this time I was completely clear, so it must have been a tampered sample last week.

Hubby and I started our antenatal classes this week. It was quite far away from home, so we had to take two buses to get to the destination. We were the first to arrive at the church where the classes were being held and so we sat down patiently in a large room filled with large chairs and cushions. One by one, the couples started to arrive. There were 5 couples in total, all about the same age as us and all looking equally as nervous. The NCT counsellor introduced herself and asked everyone to go around the room and introduce themselves to the rest of the group. I was quite nervous so ended up telling everyone my name, where I was from, where I was giving birth and my family background. I may as well have given them my bra size judging by the looks on their faces as I fed them information overload! Hubby seemed just as uncomfortable and his introduction wasn’t much shorter than mine.

The counsellor then asked everyone to get into groups and write a list of what we wanted to learn and what we hoped to gain in the forthcoming weeks at the antenatal classes. Well, I wanted to learn more about what labour was going to be like and how painful it was actually going to be. I also wanted to learn more about breastfeeding too, as I heard that it’s pretty tough to get right the first time, and if you don’t get it completely right you can end up with sore, cracked nipples!

In our first session we ended up talking about labour and birth and how to cope at home in the early stages of labour. We went through an A to Z list of what we could do to alleviate the pain and relax during those early stages. Here is my own personal A to Z list of relaxation techniques that I’m going to try and cover to help with my labour. It was quite difficult to think of them all!

A Get some fresh air N Take a nap
B Have a bath O Observe your contractions and take note of them.
C Clean the house P Practice different positions for labour
D Dance to some really fun music Q Relax in a quiet environment
E Do some light exercise R Read a book
F Eat some food S Sit and relax/breathing exercises
G Do some gardening T Talk to friends/family
H Hoover U Understand the pain and go with it
I Invite people over for company V Visit your friends/family
J Do a jigsaw puzzle W Watch TV
K Keep busy X Get involved in some x-rated fun with your partnericon smile Week 34
L Listen to music Y Yoga
M Mop the floors Z Go to the zoo (couldn’t think of anything else!

The second NCT session was all about breastfeeding. A breastfeeding counsellor came in and talked to us about how breastfeeding works, i.e. supply and demand of milk – the baby demands the milk and the mother supplies the milk, and whether the baby is getting enough of the milk. We also learned about good positioning and attachment, and watched a breastfeeding DVD that showed us how to get the baby to latch onto the breast properly, so you don’t get sore nipples. This is extremely important so the baby can get the optimum amount of milk from the breast if positioned and latched onto the breast correctly, i.e. getting the hind milk as well as the fore milk. It was a really good session as we also learned about what to expect in the first week. Apparently we’ll be feeding and changing the baby every 2 – 4 hours! Oh, I can feel the sleep deprivation already…

The breastfeeding counsellor even included a good chat with the dads about how they can support us mums and feel included. 

A fun fact – The baby weighs about 4.7 pounds and measures at around 18 inches long!

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Leyla Preston (575 Posts)

Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 6. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/