Wednesday, 25 April 2012

my first nct class

I just got back from my first NCT class and it wasn't as painful or cringe-worthy as I thought it would be! 

A bit of background for those that don't know, the NCT (National Childbirth Trust), is a charity in the UK that supports parents. They run antenatal classes, breastfeeding support groups, social events and lots of other stuff for parents.

Mr M and I signed up for a 6 week antenatal course that is being run in village about 15 minutes from where we live and tonight was the first night. Including us, there were 6 couples in attendance.

The night consisted mostly of introductions to the NCT and each other and a background of different events and social activities that our branch runs. We chatted about the local hospital where we will all be giving birth, then went through a brainstorming session in small groups listing out things we want to learn in the course. Finally the instructor showed us some diagrams of a pregnant women's body as she goes through different stages of pregnancy - that was pretty mind-blowing. I can't believe how squished up my internal organs are at the moment! 

Overall, I thought it was really good fun. There were some awkward moments, like having to do introductions and flip charts, but in general it felt really informal and relaxed. I think the best part was meeting other couples due all within a couple weeks from us. And to top it all off they provided free tea, coffee and chocolate!


  1. I'm glad it went well! Were the other couples around the same age, older, younger?

    1. Hard to tell. I think some were older, some younger, but all of us seemed to be around the same age of late 20s and early 30s. x