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Pregnancy and birth

What examinations does antenatal care involve? What is recorded in the “Mutterpass” (maternity record)? Pregnancy is a time of many questions about the health of the child and the expectant mother. This section provides information on matters such as the advice and examinations available to pregnant women.

Postpartum depression

Postpartum depression is one type of depression that can occur in women shortly after they give birth. Depressive symptoms and feeling very mixed emotions in relation to the baby are typical.

Pregnancy: signs and symptoms

Once a woman becomes pregnant, her body begins to change. Simple home remedies can help with some of the typical symptoms and complaints associated with pregnancy.

Gestational diabetes

Diabetes in pregnancy (gestational diabetes) increases the risk of certain rare birth complications. This risk can usually be reduced by a change in diet.

Prenatal care: check-ups and counseling

Regular check-ups during pregnancy are important for both mother and baby. They allow risks or complications to be detected and treated at an early stage.

Preparing for birth

Preparing for the birth of a baby includes finding a midwife, choosing where to give birth, seeking answers to various questions, and thinking about caring for the newborn after the birth.

A normal birth

It’s impossible to predict exactly how the birth of a baby will proceed. However, thanks to midwives and medical facilities, it generally turns out to be a positive experience.

Nutrition during pregnancy

An unborn child needs many different nutrients and vitamins to grow. How can expectant mothers positively influence their children’s development through nutrition?

What’s allowed and what’s not during pregnancy?

Many expectant mothers ask themselves what’s allowed and what should be avoided during pregnancy. This article offers answers to the most important questions.

Emergency contraception: what you need to know about the “morning after” pill

A forgotten pill, a torn condom, a slipped vaginal ring: to prevent pregnancy, the “morning after” pill helps. More about taking it and its effects, and on avoiding contraception failures.