Shows how close we are now (34 and a half weeks! eek!) – our NCT classes have finally started!
NCT is the National Childbirth Trust – https://www.nct.org.uk/ – and they do classes in the UK for first time parents.
Its not cheap – about £230 per couple in our area, but we’ve had quite a few friends who have done it and raved about it, so thought we would give it a go! Hey ho – we don’t need to save now, haha… ha….ha…. oh dear.
The great thing about it is that there are 7 other couples who are first timers – and all live in your local area. There is one couple who live only 2 streets away from us, and another girl who’s mum is our next door neighbour! It’s going to be great when I go on maternity leave to know people going through the same thing who I can stress out with…
We’ve had two classes so far (there are 8 in total) each of about 2.5 hours. It’s interactive, a chance to ask questions and share worries & concerns – and has been HUGELY useful for my worrying brain!
You cover late pregnancy symptoms, all the stages of labour, birth, and the first few months of baby’s life – cleaning, feeding, sleeping, crying – the lot! (I realise I probably sound like an NCT spokesperson now – I promise you I’m not!).
Some of the handy (and slightly shocking!) things I’ve learnt so far:
- To tell the difference between “stay at home” contractions and “go to the hospital” contractions is whether you can talk through them. We got a scarily real demonstration of this by the course leader! Essentially if you are still faffing about timing contractions and preparing baby bags then you need to wait a bit!
- Walk like a crab sideways up and down the stairs to ease contraction pains. Yup! Apparently it opens your pelvis, and you look like a mad person (additional benefit! woop)
- In early labour, you want to stimulate the release of oxcitocin (I’ve probably spelt that wrong!). This is the “love” hormone apparently and you can release more by pretending you are on a romantic date night – music, candles, favourite food, massages… almost sounds like fun!
- The baby has to turn 3 or 4 times to be born and fit through your pelvis and does it all naturally! Amazing!
- Some babies are born covered in white stuff called vernix which is a great moisturiser… if you fancy collecting it…
- You can harvest any pre-birth leakage from the nips by collecting it in a syringe and freezing it – then if there is any trouble breastfeeding your baby has some pre-prepared colostrum which is full of yummy nutrients! Handy!
Pregnancy is progressing well, still haven’t finished all the things I wanted to do to prepare the cats and still have lots to buy! (well, nappies mainly!).
Haven’t heard about the new job yet (second round interview today… eeek!) but other than that I am stress free (and slightly huge bump-wise!) hooray! xxx