We’re getting to the final couple items and today’s list item is “take a class.” Considering I’ve taken the breastfeeding and newborn/new mom classes with my first babe, my class of choice this time is yoga. Relaxing, modified, and I can still label it as exercise. Sounds good to me!
I do still want to suggest some great classes I think every new parent should take. Honestly, the birthing class alone I never found helpful. Anyone can look up all the techniques and watch informational videos online of birth and how to breath, and it may help some but probably won’t make a huge difference either way once you’re actually delivering. I’d recommend saving your money or spending it on a different class and looking up birthing info yourself.
My two favorite classes are the infant care class and (if you’re breastfeeding) a breastfeeding class. The infant care class is all-encompassing, SO helpful for first time moms on all accounts and even normally includes a section on birth (much better than paying for an entire birthing class). I learned a ton of little tips and tricks, a few things I didn’t even know were things, and also it was a great way to get my facts straight and rid myself of all the ridiculous myths and “advice” others like to share.
The breastfeeding class basically just taught me everything I needed to know about breastfeeding and provided helpful tips I never would’ve known until I figured them out myself down the line. For example, as long as baby eats 7-8 times a day, they don’t have to eat every 3 hours on the dot; some may go 5 hours without eating and cluster feed every 1 1/2-2 hours for a portion of the day. Or to go see a lactation consultant with any problems. Breastfeeding was brutal for me at first, and had I not gone to see my lactation consultant, who knows if I could’ve stuck it out. I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t utilize that tool. Another important trick I learned is to get pumping supplies and nipple creams from your hospital; insurance, in many cases, will cover it or it’ll at least go towards your deductible. Plus, so many other helpful techniques and how-tos in a breastfeeding class. It’s a class well worth it in my opinion.
I’d also suggest enrolling in some sort of exercise class, whether it be a yoga class, Zumba or just going to a one-time class that will teach about the importance of health and exercise during pregnancy. Pregnancy is hard enough on your body, but it’s unbelievably easier during and bouncing back afterwards when you take care of yourself throughout. I cannot even begin to convey the difference I see in those around me who are/were pregnant and didn’t stay active or eat well versus those who did. It’s night and day. I may even write a post on it eventually–do some research into it and get some legitimate comparisons. Anyway, take an exercise class or a class to learn about it; you’ll feel much better.
For those who have been there, were there any classes you really liked or didn’t like when you were pregnant? Any knowledge you wish had been offered to you prior to baby?
The Countdown List:
1. Create the segment “Countdown to Oliver” and make list
2. Make a hospital bag
3. Create a baby registry
4. Prepare the baby’s space
5. Set-up pediatrician visit/appointments
6. Install the car seat
7. Pampering day
8. Prepare birthing plan
9. Wash shower curtains, rugs and sheets
*Reader’s idea* Virtual gift-opening
11. Finish an art project
12. Finish a book
13. Create an exercise regimen for the final 4 weeks
14. Make something
15. Have a special mom and daughter day with Ella
16. (Re)organize files and paperwork
17. Finalize plans with the OB
18. Prepare for visiting family
19. Cleaning day
20. *Reader’s idea* Clothe diapering
21. Meal prep (frozen meals)
22. Write a letter to the new baby
23. Design birth announcements
24. Date night
25. Invest in post-baby clothes
26. Clean pumping and feeding items
27. Take a class
28. Clean the carpets and floors
29. Stock up on toiletries and groceries
30. *Reader’s idea* Put feet up and rest