Our guide to pregnancy

Our guide to pregnancy

First published date April 16 2014 Amended date May 27 2014

As well as being the most joyful and life changing moments you’re ever likely to go through, the nine months leading up to your due date can be among the most difficult and most challenging of times too.  Though it may be as scary as it is exciting, there are many measures you can take during your pregnancy that will prepare you for when that glorious day comes around. The pregnancy courses on offer, which are various, will aim to help ensure you, your body and your bump are in the best possible condition for the big day through different techniques and approaches. So whether you go for yoga or reflexology, there will be a course out there for you that will help you get your body and mind ready for it all.


Can a course really help me during pregnancy?

There’s nothing to say that you have to take any courses during your pregnancy, but at the same time, there is no harm in taking some extra time to prepare even further for the big day. After all, this will be one of the most momentous occasions of your life!

This kind of help may appeal to you as a first time expecting mother, or even if you have had children before. Courses are all encompassing and useful for all. However, it’s worth double checking whether or not a course is suitable for you depending how far along you are. Some of the more active ones, like pregnancy yoga, may not be available to you if the bump is too big!


Which kind of courses are out there?

There are many ways in which a pregnancy course can help the wellbeing you and your baby. The courses available do differ and incorporate all kinds of techniques to help you along this difficult, yet amazing period of your life. You can choose a course in anything ranging from yoga to nutrition, or massage and aromatherapy.


What do they involve?

Some may think that the old fashioned cliché still holds true that someone carrying a baby should be sat at home with their feet up for the entire nine months, but actually exercise for pregnant women is greatly encouraged by health professionals and there are yoga courses on offer which are very good for  doing that.

 It is advised that pregnant women do pelvic floor exercises as soon as you find out that you’re expecting and yoga is a fantastic for that. You may already be an experienced yoga goer, but where it will differ is that these courses are tailored specifically towards pregnant women. Safety is paramount however, and the instructor will make sure you’re not overexerting yourself and will only get you doing stretches and poses that suit you and the size of your bump. Yoga is also really good for working on your breathing techniques, something which you will be thankful the day the contractions begin!

Another type of course you can take is aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils which are very pleasant smelling, therapeutic and is a good for relaxation. The use of oils, either just placed on the skin or used in massage can help you with all the common aches and pains associated with being pregnant. Oils can help you with headaches and nausea as well as helping you with your sleep and any digestion problems you may experience. Also, some oils may not be good for a pregnant woman, and you’ll also be shown the ones to avoid too.

Massage and reflexology is also a great course of action to take during your nine months of pregnancy. You may think that due to your bump it will actually be quite awkward for the masseuse to work with you. On the contrary, massage is excellent for pregnant women. Those back pains and swollen ankle worries can be eased so that you’re more comfortable going about your daily business. Not only is massage great for soothing your daily discomforts, it can also be useful when actually in labour itself. Needless to say there won’t be a masseuse present at the birth as well as the father and midwife or doctor, but courses can actually show your birth partner massage techniques they can use to help you during labour.