Parentcraft classes

Details of these classes will be given to you at your first visit along with a list of centres throughout Coventry and Warwickshire where they are held.

The classes are very useful and we hope you will attend to meet other new parents and also to chat and seek advice from the midwife. For full details please ask your midwife. 

Pregnancy Health & Education

Healthy choices for pregnancy

Making healthy lifestyle choices is one of the best ways to invest in your health and there is no better time to do this than when you are expecting a baby.

The health professionals involved in your care want to support you to be as healthy as possible during your pregnancy.

What can I do?

  • Healthy diet in pregnancy
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Birth Expectations presentation slides
  • Attend all your scheduled appointments
  • Stop smoking support

Healthy Eating

Eating healthily during pregnancy is really important for you and your baby. Try to eat a healthy, balanced diet and avoid foods and drinks which are high in sugar, fat and salt.

You may be entitled to Healthy Start Vouchers to help with the cost of fresh fruit and vegetables, milk and vitamins.

Useful websites about healthy eating during pregnancy

Foods to avoid in pregnancy

Alcohol in pregnancy

Keeping Well in Pregnancy

Within Coventry there are many community resources available to keep fit and well during pregnancy. Keeping fit during pregnancy has many benefits. As well as increasing your strength and stamina for when you go into labour, it can contribute to positive mental well-being and can help you achieve a healthy weight-gain during pregnancy.

It is important that you exercise safely when you are pregnant. There are a very wide range of activities which are suitable during pregnancy. Most low intensity forms of exercise are great to do in pregnancy. You can use the following websites to find out more and discover what kinds of exercise activities are available locally.

Keep physically active

Antenatal and Postnatal Classes

Take Care of Your Emotional Well-Being

Taking care of your mental well-being when you are pregnant or have recently had a baby is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Ensuring that you eat well, exercise regularly and get plenty of rest, can all contribute to positive mental health.

Whilst pregnancy and having a baby is a time of happiness for many women, it is not at all uncommon to experience negative emotions. These could include experiencing feelings such as unhappiness, anxiety or difficulty bonding with baby.

Have a discussion with your midwife, health visitor or GP if you are concerned.

Domestic abuse:

National domestic abuse helpline 24/7freephone – 0808 2000 247

Get prepared for Childbirth and Caring for your Newborn

  • Antenatal classes are a great way to meet other parents –to- be and find out more about pregnancy, labour and birth, and caring for your newborn baby.

Free NHS antenatal classes –

  • UHCW – please call our community office to book

Other antenatal classes:

  • National Childbirth Trust www.nct.org.uk/courses
  • Come along to all your scheduled appointments
  • By attending your appointments, your midwife or doctor make sure that your pregnancy is progressing well, refer you for specialist care if needed and answer any questions or concerns that you may have.
     

Additional Resources