Everything stays the same, but a few things actually do change during pregnancy
Especially with the first baby, expectant parents have many questions, which concern the daily routine in particular. What about travelling? Which sports can I still do? Are prenatal courses a must? Why all the regular checkups? First of all: It is not as comlicated as it sounds. We have a few tips here; you will receive more detailed answers from your doctor or midwife.
Is the world not enough?
A last trip as a couple or preparation time for the older siblings – travelling during pregnancy has many good sides. However, you should follow a few rules. For example, it is not recommendable to travel to countries with a harsh change in climate or to tropical regions. Relax instead in a moderate climate, in a place that you can comfortably reach by plane, car or train. The second trimester of the pregnancy is considered the optimal time to travel, since the body changes have taken place for the most part and the stomach is not yet too round. One thing always applies though: Before you start off, you should speak with your doctor or midwife.
Swimming is optimal during pregnancy – even with a huge round tummy. The buoyant force of the water relieves the unusual weight; you can relax your back and legs. Many swimming pools offer courses for expectant mothers. Those who wish to remain on land can hike or walk. Lots of fresh air stimulates the circulation and the movement strengthens the legs. Alternatively, you can try out something new. For example, yoga for expectant mothers? Irrespective of which type of sport you decide on, you should heed the following: Never overdo it, no intense vibrations, no stretching movements such as when playing volleyball and no pressure to perform. If you have doubts about your favourite sports up to now, consult your doctor or midwife.
No one is born a master
Meeting other expectant parents, learning all about the imminent birth and becoming familiar with a few practical hand grips for the future – this is what you learn in prenatal preparation classes. This is certainly a good opportunity to get to know the midwife who will be accompanying you in the next few weeks.
Trust is good, control is better
Whether you go to your obstetrician or your midwife for your medical checkups is entirely up to you. In the beginning of the pregnancy, the checkups are carried out every 4 weeks, later on, every two weeks. And if the baby does not want to arrive at all, the control examinations take place even more frequently. Weight, blood pressure, urine and the blood values of the expectant mother are examined. In addition, the uterus is examined, either by means of a palpation examination, ultra sound or the classical ear trumpet used by the midwife. Visits to the doctor or midwife provide a good opportunity to ask questions. A tip: Note down all the things you wish to know at home and then you will not forget anything.
Everything is relative
Putting on weight in the pregnancy is normal. It is also normal that the weight gain varies in every woman. The main thing is that you feel well. And to be on the safe side, there are the regular checks at the doctor or midwife.