Prenatal classes

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What to Look for in a Prenatal Class

When I became pregnant with my first child, I decided that I needed to be the Best Mom Ever. I was going to eat all of the right foods while pregnant. I was going to exercise to keep my body strong for the big day, but not overdo it. I was going to read every parenting book ever written and by the time my little one entered the world, I was going to be an expert.

Yeah, right.

The truth of the matter is that, like most moms-to-be, I was terrified and secretly felt like I was driving blind. I’ve always been a fairly confident person, but the idea that I was going to bring another human being into the world was overwhelming. After months upon months of scouring the internet and devouring every book I could get my hands on, I realized that I needed a little in-person advice.

Prenatal class

So I signed up for a prenatal class, and to this day I’m glad that I did. Though really nothing can fully prepare you for the experience of childbirth, a good prenatal class should walk you through the process and help you find the strength you need. Some important things to look for in a prenatal class are:

  • It matches your personal pregnancy goals. There’s very seldom one right way to give birth. If you’ve chosen a C-section, the last thing you want is an instructor who will berate you for opting out of a natural birth, or vice versa. If possible, try to meet with the instructor beforehand and get a sense for how comfortable you feel around him or her. If they don’t communicate well with you, move on.

  • It should cover all possible emergency medical options and pain relief. When the day comes, it’s going to be hard to think straight. You want to be as fully prepared as possible so that you do not need things thoroughly explained to you at the time.

  • It should discuss signs of early labor as well as what you should expect during each stage. It helps to have someone who’s been through the process talk you through each step.

  • Most classes should include some antenatal information, such as breastfeeding techniques. Antenatal classes are a separate issue, but most instructors should throw in at least a little information about what to do after the birth as well.

Prenatal Options in Bangkok

Bangkok Birth and Beyond

Bangkok Birth and Beyond is a private course is run by Erin Kannon, and expat with four children. It emphasizes holistic, natural birthing options wherever possible. Classes are centrally located, or can be within your home.

Samitivej Hospital

Samitivej Hospital Women’s Health Center offers both prenatal and antenatal classes for new mothers. The prenatal classes address everything from the basics to more complex emotional issues.

Online classes

Baby Center offers an online prenatal class for free. It includes tips and insights from some of their experts, and it’s hard to beat for convenience.

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We provide lifestyle and medical content to our visitors, with new content posted daily. Our lifestyle contributors are themselves expat moms who share their experiences and lessons learned through blog articles. We also provide medical content from our partner doctors at Samitivej Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. Articles of interest span from before pregnancy through the toddler years and cover medical, behavioral and cognitive issues.

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