My advice is for people to attend antenatal classes when they are around 24-30 weeks pregnant, though this is only a rough guide. The benefits of attending around this gestation will mean that you get to meet and socialise with people who are going through the same things at the same time as you.
This is particularly important in the postnatal period. Making friends with people who live locally with babies the same age can be invaluable when you are navigating the early days of parenthood.
In my own classes, a WhatsApp group is set up from the second teaching session, so you can continue to support one another and continue to get to know everyone, long after the classes have finished.
It is also important to note that by attending before this time, you may forget a lot of what has been taught and it may not feel relevant at that time. I send out emails after each session to recap what has been covered, in case you do forget anything, baby brain is very real!!
All that said, do what’s right for you!
I am a registered midwife and mum of 3 small children and hold my own antenatal classes in Colchester, which don't just scratch the surface of what you need to know, with the emphasis on providing fun and practical teaching drawing on the latest evidence-based research.
My classes are held in great venues so you and your partner can grab a drink from the bar, relax and learn.
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