It has also probably not escaped your notice that since becoming pregnant you have been receiving a number of well-intentioned tips and advice from grandmas-to-be, knowledgeable mother-in-laws and enthusiastic friends.
Of course you do not need to follow all this advice. However, there are some things which are really good for you and your unborn child. At the same time, there are other things which you should avoid at all costs ‒ for the well-being of your baby.
We have put together the most important dos and don’ts for you, so that you can experience a pregnancy which runs as smoothly as possible and allows you to enjoy the anticipation of bringing your child into the world.
Sexual intercourse is also allowed during pregnancy. If you feel the need for sexual intercourse and desire intimacy with your partner, you can certainly yield to this. It is completely harmless for your child. And ultimately a happy mum leads to a happy baby.
You are allowed to travel and even board a plane when you are pregnant. At least during the first few months of pregnancy. Seek advice from your doctor if you are planning to travel.
Most airlines allow pregnant passengers on board up to the 34th week of pregnancy.
Ensure that you get enough sleep and relaxation. A soothing massage from your partner is a good way to relax, for example.
Of course smoking is generally unhealthy. During pregnancy and the breastfeeding period, however, it is pure poison for your child. It is essential that you quit smoking!
Even if an occasional glass of red wine is supposed to be good for your vessels, consuming alcohol during pregnancy and the breastfeeding period can damage your child in his/her growth. You should thus strictly avoid drinking any alcohol!
During pregnancy, you should avoid raw meat and fish. You should likewise steer clear of raw milk as well as cheese made from raw milk (these products are subject to labelling). These foodstuffs may contain listeria which would be harmful to your unborn child.
So, you can only enjoy sushi, tiramisu & Co. again when your baby has been born. You can also find information on proper nutrition during pregnancy from our food pyramid.
Movement is healthy! However, when pregnant you should avoid sports with a high risk of falling or injury. These include horse riding, skiing and all contact sports such as ball games.
Ensure you have a completely healthy diet during pregnancy and the breastfeeding period. If you consume too much fast food or too many sweets, you are not really doing you child any favours. An unhealthy snack every now and again is OK, but try to exercise restraint.
Stress and the hustle and bustle of daily life increase your inner tension, which then transfers to your baby. So ensure that you take frequent breaks, breathe in fresh air at an open window and do not put yourself under pressure.