These are booked according to your due date and designed to bring you up to speed on your rapidly growing bump, and prepare you for birth and beyond.

As well as the lifelong friends many mums make during sessions, you will also gain knowledge on breathing, pain relief options and positions you might like to try whilst in labour.

Medical terms are demystified and experts will talk you through breastfeeding and lifestyle changes in order to equip you emotionally too.

The NHS runs free classes at hospitals or children’s and family centres or you can pay to go to your local National Childbirth Trust (NCT) group.

Your employer is legally obliged to give you time off to attend antenatal classes but evening and one day courses are available if you prefer.

As well as conventional antenatal classes there are a host of options you might also like to try; active birth, hypnobirthing or Parentcraft are all popular added extras.

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