Is a pregnancy course needed?
It is entirely up to you whether you want to follow a pregnancy course or not. If you become a mother for the first time, it can certainly contribute. There are an awful lot of pregnancy courses. Thus, one is focused on feeling fit and staying fit during pregnancy, the other focuses on contractions and another is about breastfeeding. Whatever you choose, it always contributes to your pregnancy or delivery.
So you can really do something about it. After all, good preparation is half the work. You can also meet other pregnant women. It is always nice to know that there are others in the same boat. This way you can share pleasant experiences and maybe there will be friendships for life! But of course it is up to you what you want to do, probably you will survive without a pregnancy course.
How much does a pregnancy course cost?
The costs of a pregnancy course differ greatly per pregnancy course. In addition, you have to pay for some courses per lesson or session and for the other the amount for the entire course. In general, an entire course, for example PregnantFit, Maternity Gym, or yoga, is between 100 and 150 euros per course. You then pay about 10 to 15 euros per session. A breastfeeding course costs about 25 or 40 euros per session.
From when pregnancy course?
If you are interested in a pregnancy course, it is wise to orient yourself in time. Pregnancy courses can often have a waiting list. It also differs per pregnancy course when you can start. With PregnantFit, pregnancy yoga and Haptomony you can usually start at the end of your first trimester (week 12) or start of your second trimester (week 16). Pregnancy gym usually starts around the 25th week of your pregnancy, Mensendieck around your 24th week and a breastfeeding course you can start with if you are 8 months pregnant.
Usually your obstetric practice also knows or organizes a pregnancy course. Ask your midwife where the pregnancy courses are and whether they have brochures or more information.
Which pregnancy course suits you?
To be able to choose between all those pregnancy courses it is good to first put a few things at a glance. Then you can choose easier.
- What do you want to achieve with the course? Do you want to learn something or do you want to keep your body fit? Then choose PregnantFit or Pregnancy Gym
- Do you want to learn how to relax yourself or do you want to be active? If you opt for relaxation, pregnancy yoga is more for you
- Are you looking for balance or preparation for delivery? Even then yoga can help and in addition HypnoBirthing might be something for you. In that course you will learn how to get through the contractions.
- How much time do you have for the course? Can you miss 10 lessons, or are not you going to save that? There are also pregnancy courses that you can do online.
- Do you want your partner or not? Most courses are without a partner, except in pregnancy shtotonomy
- Do you want group lessons or rather individually? Most pregnancy courses are in groups. If you prefer to individually, then you should look for it here.
- Are you going to breastfeed or not? There are courses that are especially for breastfeeding.
Types of pregnancy courses
As I said, there are several pregnancy courses. Below the most common you can find in almost every municipality:
When: from the 16th week of your pregnancy.
Cost: around 10 euros per session
Focused on: the body
PregnantFit is a course where you work on your fitness, strength, coordination, stabilization and your pelvic floor. The course is given by a physiotherapist. You get breathing exercises and relaxation exercises, so you can prepare yourself a bit for the delivery. In addition, the emphasis is on staying fit during your pregnancy. After delivery you can also go to ZwangerFit to rebuild your condition.
When: from the 12th week of your pregnancy
Cost: between 100 and 150 euros per course
Duration: between 10 and 11 sessions
Focused on: body, balance and spirit
You will learn various breathing techniques and various exercises to strengthen your posture. You also learn how you can relax and catch the contractions as well as possible. In pregnancy yoga you learn to listen carefully to your body and to rest yourself by means of effective breaths.
When: from about the 25th week of your pregnancy
Cost: between € 100 and € 150 per course
Duration: about 10 sessions
Focused on: body and delivery
During the pregnancy gym, much attention is paid to the preparation for the delivery. It is one of the most well-known pregnancy courses. In addition to exercises to cope with contractions and to squeeze effectively, you also learn a lot about the pregnancy itself and the maternity period. During the course you will do many exercises that ensure that the muscles of your pelvis and abdomen remain strong and supple.
When: from about the 16th week of pregnancy
Costs: approximately between € 40 to € 80 per session
Duration: about 6 sessions
Focused on: body and your baby
Pregnancy hapomony is a pregnancy course that you do with your partner.The course is aimed at making contact with your little baby in the stomach. Men in particular like this because they feel more involved with the small life in your womb. In addition, the course pays attention to breathing techniques to catch the contractions and teaches your partner how he can support you in this.