Antenatal Classes

When you find out you are pregnant, you will have so many questions. One way to get answers is to attend antenatal classes.

On this page we discuss what you can expect to cover during these classes, and the benefits of attending. 

What do antenatal classes cover?

When should I attend antenatal classes?

Which antenatal classes should I sign up for?

What about antenatal exercise classes?

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What do antenatal classes cover


Antenatal (or parentcraft) classes tend to cover the following topics:

  • how to stay healthy during pregnancy

  • information about different types of birth

  • help and advice regarding feeding and caring for your newborn

The classes should allow you to feel more confident about the birth and parenting. 


Some people enjoy the social aspect of the classes and may make 'mummy friends' as a result of attending classes. 

When should I attend antenatal classes?

You normally attend these courses at around 30 weeks, but if you are expecting multiples you are advised to attend from around 24 weeks due to the probability that your babies will be born a bit earlier. There may be specific classes for multiples.

Which antenatal classes should I sign up for?


The NHS offer free antenatal classes. These are usually during the day, but some areas may offer evening classes, and your midwife or GP can give you details of the courses in your local area.

Employers must give pregnant employees time off for antenatal care and pay their normal rate for this time off. Antenatal care’ isn’t just medical appointments - it can also include antenatal or parenting classes if they’ve been recommended by a doctor or midwife. 

There are other nationwide organisations offering antenatal classes. NCT is one of the most popular of these. Check out our blog about why one mum enjoyed these classes.

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