First Prenatal Class

1 Nov

We had our first prenatal class today. Looks like there is a baby boom going on – the class is HUGE! And on Mondays they even had to form 2 classes to accommodate all the people looking to take the classes.

She started with taking all the guys into a separate room and making all of us (in gender-specific groups) introduce ourselves, the due date and intended hospital of birth – and then share the aches and pains we’ve experienced so far, and our expectations from the class.

The she got all the dads back and we sort of compared notes. It looked like dads spent most of the time discussing the emotional volatility of their wives 😉

She showed a picture that made it clear just how crammed things are in our tummies (I always wondered where do the intestines go – I thought hey sort of get stuck behind the uterus, but it looks like they move to the top).

Using a rag doll baby and a rag pelvis, she showed how baby turns when passing through the pelvis during birth.

We went over labour signs: 511. You are supposed to go to the hospital when contraction get to be 5 minutes apart, lasting for 1 minute, and having been at it for 1 hour.

False contractions are irregular and don’t change pattern. Real contraction start 20 minutes away and keep getting closer apart and longer.

That was pretty much it.

Overall, I liked it. I didn’t really learn anything new, but I think it’s great because it brings me and my hubby on the same page.

5 more classes to go, on Tuesdays!

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4 Responses to “First Prenatal Class”

  1. St. Elsewhere November 2, 2011 at 7:48 AM #

    It sounds good!

    Enjoy it.

    • zygotta November 2, 2011 at 8:22 PM #

      I am – so far!
      despite all the negative people around me telling m they’re a waste of time

      • St. Elsewhere November 4, 2011 at 8:42 AM #

        Not at all, not a waste of time….maybe things change if it is a subsequent pregnancy…coz the expectant mum already knows a thing or two, but its absolutely nice for a first time mum.

        • zygotta November 4, 2011 at 9:15 AM #

          yes, everyone in our class are first-timers

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