Days-long labor, emergency C-sections and a whole lot of pain—you’ve heard all the horror stories before. All those could stress you out and induce the kind of anxiety that wouldn’t be good for you and the baby. Going to pregnancy classes can help you put things into perspective—as well as provide you with the information you need to get a more positive take on the experience.
Helps you prepare
Parents says one of the best reasons to go for childbirth classes is to prepare you for the experience. When all you know are horror stories, it could give you a skewed idea of childbirth and result in unnecessary fear or anxiety. Going to the classes provides you with a well-rounded view of what’s going to happen. You know what you’re getting into, reducing your fear and panic.
Helps you find a network
Another great thing about going to those classes is that you and your spouse or partner get to meet with other expecting parents. Friendships could develop and you could find a support group to help you cope through pregnancy issues and problems. There’s just something about going through a shared experience that helps you feel that much closer.
Helps you relax
Going to those classes lets you learn all about breathing techniques. When the time comes, those techniques will come in handy when you need to manage the pain and discomfort of childbirth. By knowing how to relax, you’ll also help your body deliver the baby naturally. That’s why a lot of women who go to pregnancy classes don’t require an epidural and opt for natural birth instead. They know what to do to help their body relax to make the experience easier.
If horror stories are all you’ve got and those pregnancy books aren’t helping, sign up for a class today.