There is a whole world in your area that non-parents know nothing about. This world is full of antenatal groups, parenting classes, active birth classes, antenatal swimming classes and yoga classes.
Getting off the sofa and out there into the world of new and pregnant mums is the best preparation for parenthood you can do. The friends you make will be your lifeline through late pregnancy and early motherhood. And those bumps will be your baby’s first friends.
Let it be to use your pregnancy to make new local friendships with other mums or mums-to-be if we can give you one piece of advice.Meet a Mum
You can exchange emails, find out about each other and then arrange to meet up. Click here to find out all about Meet a Mum and how it works.
Visit your local Meet a Mum board here Local antenatal exercise and preparing for parenthood classes
We all know that antenatal parenting classes are great for helping prepare you for birth and beyond and that antenatal exercise classes have loads of great health benefits, but one of the most important things is that these are probably one of the first places that you’ll start to meet other mums to be, especially if you’re a first time mum.
Take a look at our guide to the different types of classes available, and find out what’s available locally.
How a mothers group can help you Robin Bonner was seven months pregnant with her first child when she and her husband moved from Cambridge, United Kingdom, to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Isolated and on the brink of motherhood, Bonner says she knew she wanted– and would need– a support network once her baby was born, but she wasn’t quite sure where to look.
Directed by an informational flier, Bonner, 34 at the time, found a mothers group through the medical department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where her husband is a post-doctoral fellow. “A mothers group is a great way to relieve your anxieties.”
” We hope people bond with each other when they meet in class,” says Becky Sarah, a childbirth education coordinator of the New Mom’s Group at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts.
The group was established in 1999 to meet the specific needs of new moms and to help answer their many questions: How can I get some sleep? Is my newborn’s behavior normal? I used to work– now, what will