Discovering you are unexpectedly pregnant can be a shock, even if you had planned for children in the future. You may find yourself feeling adrift and with nowhere to turn for support. From offering free pregnancy tests to parenting classes, Avail NYC is here to help you make informed decisions about your options along every step of the way.
One of the many ways Avail offers support is through its parent-education program that offers free pregnancy classes. These classes seek to provide you with the information and resources to better understand your various body changes that occur during pregnancy, your baby’s developing through each trimester, what to expect from postpartum, and even how to care for your newborn once you take them home from the hospital.
Here are three ways a pregnancy class can provide practical help from the very first meeting:
You may find yourself leaving your first pregnancy class with even more questions than you had when you arrived. Fortunately, this is a good outcome: knowing what you don’t know can spur you to find answers rather than assuming you are on the right path. Asking questions and delving into additional research on your own can allow you to gain greater confidence in your ability to do right by your child.
Head Start on A Birth Plan
Birth plans can be as varied as the women who use them; from delayed cord clamping to tub births, the options are nearly endless. Deciding what is important to you when you bring your child into the world can help you develop a comprehensive birth plan to provide to your obstetrician (OB/GYN) and other medical providers well before you go into labor.
While it isn’t necessary for you to have your birth plan outlined and finalized after your first pregnancy class, it can give you a head start when it comes to thinking about your options and what you would like your child’s birth to include. You will also be able to get more nuanced information and first-hand testimonials on some of the procedures or processes you are considering.
Nutrition and Exercise Education
Even if your pre-pregnancy eating and exercise habits were not always the healthiest, pregnancy can provide the perfect time to create some good habits. Avail’s parent-education program allows for you to hear from experts on what types of food you should and shouldn’t be eating, and what types of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fats you’ll want to consume to keep you healthy and active in this season.
If you are pregnant and need support, don’t hesitate to contact Avail NYC. Regardless of your choice, you’ll need confidential and judgment-free support in order to make a thoughtful decision. Our compassionate and discreet counselors can connect you with services to help you in all aspects of your pregnancy.