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Pregnancy & Post-Natal Education & Exercise Services

Being pregnant, particularly for the first time can feel quite overwhelming. There is so much planning required that you could be left wondering which task to start first.

ANTENATAL CLASSES (PREGNANCY CLASSES)

Antenatal classes, also known as prenatal classes or childbirth education, are designed to prepare you for your upcoming labour and birth and first few weeks with your newborn baby.

Our antenatal classes aim to prepare you and your spouse to have an enjoyable and manageable labour and confident in handling and caring for your newborn. The classes provide you with answers to questions on pregnancy health , preparation for labour and delivery, relaxation and Breathing exercises , Breastfeeding , Post delivery Care and New born care.

With the size of the classes kept small; only 5-7 couples per class, new parents can expect lots of personal attention in a relaxed environment.

Sessions are designed for couples. The father or support person is urged to attend, since their role is an active and important one. During pregnancy, it is important to exercise regularly and most importantly, safely. Our pregnancy exercise classes will help you to strengthen and maintain your pelvic floor muscle strength, as well as maintain general strength and flexibility. This can help reduce your risk of pain and discomfort through the pregnancy, as well as giving you the best chance for a smooth delivery and recovery.

Please inform the instructor of any discomfort you may experience in your back or pelvis or any change in your health relevant to your pregnancy e.g. High BP, Gestational diabetes.

Apollo Cradle works with an amazing team of Childbirth educators, Counselors, Nutritionist, Yoga and Fitness experts, Breastfeeding and Lactation consultants

WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY ANTENATAL CLASSES?

This class should be taken in the last two trimester of pregnancy . Towards the end of your second trimester (around 18-20 weeks) is recommended.

We recommended that you start the classes when you are anytime after 18th week OR following your 20 week scan (Women usually attend anywhere between 18- 34 weeks, of pregnancy)

We recognize that pregnancy and childbirth are not always predictable.

We strongly recommend that you plan to have finished your course complete at least eight to ten weeks prior to delivery

Important: Please take you doctor consent to any exercise programme

SCHEDULE

Each session is one hour each spread over four sessions on weekend on Saturday and practical work is involved.

Class size is limited. Early registration is suggested as classes often fill up in advance.

Use antenatal classes as great way to meet other pregnant women and to get their email id in the group and you could create a great support group; You like the chance to meet other new parents with a view to making lasting friendships and real bonding experiences.

TOPICS COVERED BY ANTENATAL CLASSES ARE

Class1 : Lifestyle Guidance/Counselling by Childbirth Educator

  1. Window to the womb - How baby is growing - 2nd and 3rd trimester
  2. pregnancy discomforts during the 2nd & 3rd Trimester
  3. Psychological/emotional changes arising out of physical changes, changes in lifestyle and circumstances, changing sexuality, relationship changes & Hormonal Changes
  4. Addressing Mom's and Dad's concerns
  5. Myths and Realities
  6. Labour Bag - what goes into it?
Class2 : Eat Right~ Diet and Nutrition by : Nutritionist

  1. Weight Gain in pregnancy
  2. Foods to be taken during pregnancy
  3. Foods to be avoided during pregnancy
  4. Creating a Pregnancy Diet: Healthy Eating During Pregnancy
  5. Diet when you are breastfeeding
Class3 : Stay Active ~ Exercise and Relaxation by Physiotherapist

  1. Benefits of Prenatal Fitness
  2. Warm-up session to stretch your spine, arms and legs
  3. Breathing (Lamaze Breathing for Labour preparation
  4. Core and Pelvic Floor Exercises
  5. Core (Abdominal) Exercises- Pelvic Tilt
  6. Stretching
  7. Pelvic Floor (Kegel) Exercises
  8. Upper and Lower Body Exercise
  9. Squats
  10. Lunges
  11. Fitness Ball workout
  12. Relaxation techniques
Class4 : Child Birth Education by Childbirth Educator

  1. Labour Delivery Recovery and basic of Breast feeding
  2. What happens to the body during labour and birth?
  3. Signs of labour - how do you know it's happening?
  4. Stages of labour - what happens when you are in it?
  5. Breathing techniques, basic exercises and massage techniques during labour
  6. Tips and techniques for the father/birth support partner
  7. Dad's Role - how they can help
  8. Postnatal care for Mom and Baby
  9. Introduction to Breast feeding- We will look at all aspects of breastfeeding from the moment your baby is born, right through the first few weeks.
HOW MUCH DO ANTENATAL CLASSES COST?

Class costs around Rs. 3000 per couple (for a four week course).

LOCATIONS

The Courses will be held across Apollo Cradle Bangalore Facilities (Only Saturday) For batch timings, contact Apollo Cradle Kormanagala / Jayanagar

FOR REGISTRATION AND ENROLLMENT OF OUR ANTENATAL CLASSES

Classes can be booked in person at Apollo Cradle (Kormanagala & Jayanagar) reception

OR

@ Via email or phone with following details

Name, Telephone / Mobile number, Doctor's Name, Hospital number (if you are already Apollo Cradle customer), How many weeks pregnant are you, Due date; Centre preference

T: Kormanagala +91 80 4424 4424 T: Jayanagar +91 08 4424 4424

OR Email: contactus@apollocradle.com

You may also register via our online form

MISSED CLASSES

Any missed classes can be made up within the term by attending one of the other classes if there is availability. Isn't exchangeable or transferable to other services

POSTNATAL: ON APPOINTMENT BASIS ONLY

POSTNATAL CLASSES

we offer postnatal classes for new mothers. These classes are aimed at helping a new mother in getting back to shape physically.

This is important for your fitness and physical and emotional well being. Besides this, it increases your ability and confidence in handling the demands of caring for a newborn baby.

Postnatal classes are safe to start from six to eight weeks post-natally, regardless of whether you have had a vaginal or caesarean delivery after your doctor's consent

CLASSES ETIQUETTE

These are tips to help you feel comfortable when you come to class.

  1. Arrive on time. It is disruptive to the expert and other students when coming in late. Coming early can help you settle in and prepare yourself to be present for your practice.
  2. You should always receive permission from your Doctor before starting a new exercise
  3. Wear comfortable clothing that allows for full range of motion and that will not overheat
  4. Refrain from eating heavy meals 1 -1.5 hours before exercise class. Wait at least a half hour after class to eat.
  5. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after class.
  6. Mats are provided but you may bring your own match if you wish
  7. Bring water, a towel and a yoga mat if you have one.
  8. Please remove shoes before walking on the exercise studio floor.
  9. Please keep your cell phone in silent mode when the session is on