i went for my first aquanatal class yesterday and it was lovely! the MW that runs it seems great, the other girls seemed friendly as well, and it was a really good workout! i got a fair bit of exercise yesterday as i discovered the bus i was going to catch went at really awkward times so i decided to go on my bike, which would be a 30 min cycle each way. i wasn't quite sure where the pol was so i set off with plenty of time thinking i'd have some time to chill before the class. i asked someone for directions and they pointed me in the complete opposite direction and i ended up finally getting there 5 minutes before the class, huffing and puffing and red faced! then the class lasted for an hour (was lovely!!) and she pushed us fairly hard, but nothing too bad! then i had to cycle back again (luckily i knew the way now!!) so all in all i got about 2 1/2 hours of exercise yesterday morning!! phew! i felt so much better for it though, i had a lot more energy than usual for the rest of the day. the only drawback is i have a numb bum and sore legs today from all the cycling!!! one girl who used to come to the classes came in to show off her 9 week old baby, and she told us what a fantastic birth she had. she was a 1st time mum and managed to have her planned home birth with no pain relief and the MW was only there for one hour before baby arrived. she had remained totally in control and said it was wonderful. it was so nice to hear that from another 1st timer as that is exactly what i am hoping for with my birth. so many of my friends think i'm mad to want a home birth, so talking to someone who has achieved what i want was so refreshing!