Online and free preparation course: how to choose it and what you will learn

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Free and online preparation course

When it turns out to being pregnant start a big one adventure which will last about nine months and will change your life forever. The questions concerning pregnancy, childbirth and life in the first months with the baby are many and often future mothers rely on grandmothers, friends who are already mothers, Google and even experts. But the best way to dispel doubts, receive adequate and correct answers and to be prepared for the big day of birth is to attend a birth preparation course. A'opportunity to meet not only with experts of all kinds, from pediatric nurses, to gynecologists, to psychologists, but also to build new friendships, many of which may remain for life. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the opportunities for meeting and the possibility of attending a course face-to-face have vanished, but on the other hand, many have been born online preparto courses, some even free, which have filled this void and have become opportunities not to be missed. What are the most discussed and discussed topics during the online preparation course? Let's see them together.





In this article

  • Preparto course: costs, options and choices
  • Feeding in pregnancy
  • Choose the screening test
  • Yoga and perineal gymnastics
  • Prepare for childbirth
  • Breastfeeding and newborn

Preparto course: costs, options and choices

I online preparto courses they are a great opportunity to have access to quality and accredited information comfortably at home, they can help to reduce anxiety or stress and to live waiting more consciously.



How to choose the preparation course

While most hospitals and birth centers offer full on-site classes, many nowadays due to the pandemic have organized classes online. Which one to choose? You can contact yours first hospital, the one in which you will give birth, to understand if they are organizing online courses. You can choose one free or payment, or even one that goes in live streaming (which allows you to ask live questions to the experts and share emotions with other mothers) or one that allows you to download the various interventions and see them when you are comfortable. The advantage of pre-recorded lessons is that you can have time to reflect on what you have heard and possibly review the most interesting passages.

Whatever your choice, the important thing is to prefer a course taught by certified experts.

There are also courses in prenatal yoga and breathing techniques: the important thing is to choose the one that is more in your strings.

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Some of the best online prep courses.

  • UPPA: During the course we will talk about pregnancy, but also post-partum, breastfeeding and infant care, with infographics and links for further information. The purpose of the course is to answer the many questions that arise during pregnancy, "protect" you from false myths and reduce the fear of childbirth. Cost: € 59
  • : the aim of these courses is to answer the most frequent questions of pregnant mothers. The lessons are already all online. Cost: Free.
  • Midwife Dalila: 250 minutes of video. Downloadable PDFs. 2 audio relaxations. Access to the reserved FB group. Cost: € 89

Feeding in pregnancy

During the preparto courses an important chapter that will be addressed will concern nutrition during pregnancy. Experts now agree that the idea that you have to eat for two is outdated and even dangerous. You should not get too fat and it is essential to follow a healthy and varied diet, which brings all the essential nutrients to the mother's body and that of the child. Attention to any supplements multivitamins, the role played by key substances such as vitamin D, calcium, iodine, iron and folic acid.

Choose the screening test

During the meetings it will probably also be possible to have a comparison with the gynecologist or with a geneticist to understand what are the tests and examinations that we can currently do as prenatal screening.

  • Combined test: allows you to estimate the risk that the fetus is affected by chromosomal abnormalities. The test consists of a nuchal translucency ultrasound and a blood test.
  • Fetal DNA Test: Fetal DNA testing is performed in the 21th week of gestation with a collection of maternal blood. It is used to identify early the risk that the fetus is affected by chromosomal abnormalities such as trisomies 13 (Down syndrome) 18 and XNUMX. It is a "screening" test, which unlike diagnostic ones, such as amniocentesis or CVS , lets you know if you are at low or high risk.
  • Amniocentesis and CVS: invasive diagnostic tests, which are able to identify with certainty a wide range of chromosomal anomalies.
    Neonatal screening

Neonatal screening

After birth, the baby will undergo a series of evaluations and analyzes that make it up screening neonatale and which serve to diagnose any inherited metabolic diseases which, if not identified and treated in time, can lead to significant and permanent clinical damage, such as mental retardation, or even premature death.

Yoga and perineal gymnastics

During the course, great attention is given to gym that must be done during pregnancy, breathing or yoga. Breathing techniques help stabilize mood and help you cope better with childbirth.

Pelvic floor gymnastics is also important both to avoid annoying problems during and after pregnancy such as incontinence, and to better cope with labor.

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Prepare for childbirth

How many doubts and how many questions come to mind when the fateful time of childbirth is approaching! How to tell if contractions have come, if you have lost the mucous plug, if you are going into labor? The last weeks before giving birth are full of emotions and expectations and a pre-birth course helps to dissolve doubts, to be ready and aware and also to share fears and tensions with other future mothers.

During the course the 4 stages of childbirth are best explained:

  1. prodromal (the preparation period),
  2. dilatant,
  3. expulsive
  4. of afterbirth, that is, of expulsion of the placenta.

How to deal with the fear of childbirth?

Preparing for birth, being aware and being informed at the time of delivery is one of the best ways to better manage tocophobia, the fear of childbirth, which essentially derives from the unknown, from "not knowing" what will happen, how long it will last, and how much pain. we will try. This is why a preparation course is important, both to receive most of the information and to learn and embrace the best pain management techniques. It is also essential to inquire about the opportunities offered by the structure where you intend to give birth as the possibility of having 24-hour access to a painless birth, and choose the one that feels most congenial.

The suitcase for childbirth

Each hospital generally provides a specific list to the pregnant woman, but there are still rules that apply to everyone. In the suitcase it is useful to put:

  • Comfortable nightdresses for breastfeeding with the front opening
  • Nightie
  • Disposable underpants and disposable mesh underpants
  • 100% cotton absorbents
  • Cotton socks
  • Necessary for personal hygiene: shampoo, shower gel, deodorant
  • Towels
  • Rubber slippers for the shower and cap

For the baby

  • 4 rompers
  • 4 cotton bodysuits with 1/2 sleeves or long sleeves if it's winter
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • A cover
  • A small towel
  • Diapers 3/5 kg
  • Wet wipes.
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Breastfeeding and newborn

Meetings with the midwife, pediatric nurse or, even better, with one lactation consultant during the online preparation course it will dissolve all doubts and fears regarding breastfeeding which, we remember, remains the best nourishment option for the baby at least for the first six months of life. The topics covered will be many: from how to get off to a good start, to the positions for breastfeeding, to how much a baby should eat, to the management of times, schedules and small problems that may arise.

But as the child is not given to us with an instruction manual, a lot of information and advice during the online preparation course they will also cover the return home with the baby:

  • First care for the newborn: how and when to have the first bath, how the umbilical stump is treated, how much the baby should eat and sleep
  • The puerperium: i 40 days after giving birth which are very delicate because the body has to heal itself after pregnancy and childbirth and hormonal changes often cause delicate emotional states
  • The first visit after childbirth: which usually takes place at the end of the puerperium, therefore after 40 days from the birth, and serves to verify that everything is returning to normal and there are no problems.

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