The fetus will start to hear your heartbeat. Inside the womb it is far from silent.
Your waist is just about to disappear. It’s the way it should be – know how your body handles everything to help your little one develop in the best possible way.
From now on, the uterus grows at a steady and noticeable rate.
It is not fun to list pregnancy disorders, but to most people there is actually help:
It is not uncommon for problems such as hemorrhoids and fungal infection of the genital area. Ask your midwife for tips!
You can also get nasal congestion because the tissues in the nasal passages soften and become narrower than usual, maybe you start snoring around at night. The blood vessels are dilated which can make it easier to hit the nosebleeds.
Still nausea? For almost all pregnant women it gets better and better, although it may take longer for some.
Read tips on managing such hormone breakdowns and pregnancy ailments.
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Take it easy and try to unwind, if you can. Both you and the fetus are affected if you are stressed.
Eat foods that are good for you and the fetus – extra good pregnancy diet.
Here you will also find tips on mommy drinks and delicious recipes for pregnant women.
Abstain from alcohol and cigarettes. If you drink, the fetus absorbs the alcohol both through the placenta and through the amniotic fluid. Since the fetal liver cannot break down alcohol, it is affected much more, and for longer, than you.
From this week, the hearing begins to develop even if the ears are not fully formed. The child can hear and shiver if any sudden sound occurs near the stomach.
But it is hardly silent inside the uterus – the fetus hears the strong sound from the mother’s pulmonary artery, the aorta, which lies just next to it. The noise level inside can be compared to that on a heavily trafficked street, but the fetus gets used and does not seem to be disturbed by this.
The baby’s skin is translucent with visible blood vessels.
The fetus’s small heart has a huge capacity – it pumps about 28 liters of blood / day.
Long journey and flight during pregnancy
It is not dangerous to make long trips or to fly while pregnant. However, if you are at the end of your pregnancy, you must find out what the terms of the airline you are going to be with and check out how your insurance applies.
Plan for any travel pharmacy and think carefully about what you eat.
If you are healthy and feeling well, your pregnancy is no obstacle to traveling to common charter destinations around the Mediterranean or, for example, southern Thailand. For other tropical destinations, it may be advisable to seek advice from your maternity care center or vaccination center.
Before the flight
If you want to travel on a long journey, it is best suited during the first six months of pregnancy. Then it can feel more uncomfortable – your belly gets big, you gain weight and more easily get swollen legs or back pain. The major European airlines (for example SAS) allow flights “up to four weeks before expected arrival”, if the pregnancy was normal and without complications. Short flights a further two weeks are allowed at some airlines, if you fill out a special application and get it approved. The conditions do not apply if you are expecting twins. Then you will not normally be allowed to fly after week 32.
You may need to speak to the doctor or midwife at the maternity care center and ask for a certificate of your pregnancy, when you are expected to give birth, etc. If you are unsure, always contact the airline.
During the flight
If you sit still for a long time it can be painful because during pregnancy you become more easily swollen about feet and legs. Bring support socks and comfortable shoes. Earplugs, eye blindness and inflatable support collar can be nice if the flight is long.
There is a small risk of getting a blood clot during a long period of sedation and that risk increases slightly during pregnancy. Book a seat next to the aisle and take a few “walks” during the flight.
The humidity is low in aircraft. The mucous membranes of the nose become slightly dry and swollen. This means that it will be more difficult to equalize the pressure in the middle ear. To relieve pain and numbness, it usually helps with a few puffs of nasal spray before the flight.
Eat well and drink plenty, especially water or juice.
You should schedule vaccinations at least two months before your trip. It is possible to vaccinate against several diseases during pregnancy. Among other things, vaccine against influenza is sometimes recommended. Vaccinations with a so-called “live vaccine” should be avoided during pregnancy. This includes, for example, vaccine against yellow fever, but also MPR (red dog measles-mumps). Read more in the article on “Vaccination during pregnancy”.
There are some drugs that are directly unsuitable during pregnancy, including those used as malaria prophylaxis. Ask your pharmacist and your maternity care center for advice on which medicines to use during pregnancy. You can also get information about drugs and pregnancy at Fass.
Arrange a small travel pharmacy for the trip. If you are pregnant, you should specifically consider the need to bring the following medicines:
• analgesic and antipyretic (choose those that are approved for pregnant women)
• antifungal medicine
• sunscreen, possibly repellent approved for pregnant women
Be careful about food and hygiene
You must be extra careful about what you eat and drink when you are pregnant. It is often safer to eat foods that are cooked through and cooked in street kitchens than to eat from a buffet in a hotel. Do not eat unpasteurized cheeses and milk products. Another advice is to stick to fruits and vegetables that can be peeled. Feel free to read tips on good food for you and the fetus here on the site.
Don’t drink tap water, but buy bottled water. You need a lot of fluid when it is hot, but also in the aircraft where the humidity is very low.
Take special care with your personal hygiene, especially your hands. Feel free to bring hand alcohol (alcogel) on the trip (however not allowed in the hand luggage on the flight, better with wet wipes there).