Antenatal Classes
Antenatal Classes
Antenatal Classes



Antenatal classes can help you to prepare for your baby’s birth and learn to look after and feed your baby. They can help you to stay healthy during pregnancy and give you confidence and information. You can learn about the different arrangements for labor and birth, and the choices available to you. This can help you to make your own birth plan. You’ll be able to discuss your plans and worries with professionals.

You might be able to attend introductory classes on baby care early in pregnancy, but most antenatal classes start around 8-10 weeks before your baby is due, when you are around 30-32 weeks pregnant. If you’re expecting twins, start your classes when you’re around 24 weeks pregnant because your babies are more likely to be born early. 
Antenatal classes are:

  • Health in pregnancy ,including a healthy diet
  • Exercises to keep you fit and  active during pregnancy
  • What happens during labor and birth
  • Coping with labor and information about different types of pain relief
  • How to help yourself during labor and birth
  • Relaxation techniques
  • yoga
  • Information about different kinds of birth and interventions
  • Caring for your baby , including feeding
  • Your health after the birth
  • Emotions and feelings during pregnancy, birth and after