During your pregnancy, you should remain active and get a good deal of exercise, just as you did before, preferably outdoors. A moderate fitness programme strengthens your body and enhances your sense of psychological wellbeing. Regular exercise while you are pregnant will also be of great assistance during the birth. Swimming is particularly suitable for pregnant women, as it does not exert additional pressure on your joints. Cycling, hiking, walking and tennis can also be recommended.
You should refrain from engaging in high-performance sports that unnecessarily burden your body during pregnancy. Overheating of the body due to excessive sweating can be harmful to your unborn child, especially during the initial weeks of pregnancy when the organs are being formed. For the same reason, long visits to the sauna are also inadvisable.
In addition, sports such as boxing, athletics, skiing, contact sports and horse riding should be avoided due to the risk of falling.
Our clinics offer special gymnastics courses for pregnant women, either in water or on land. These courses introduce you to specially designed movements aimed at relaxing your body and facilitating childbirth.
Holidays and travel
In principle, there is no obstacle to travelling during pregnancy. Air travel is also possible. If you are planning to travel by air, you should have your doctor confirm that there is no risk of a premature birth.
Elasticated stockings are recommended for air travel. During the flight, you should make sure that you drink enough fluid and that you walk around every hour or so (to help prevent thrombosis). Most airlines require a special medical clearance (IATA 1986) if you wish to travel within four weeks of your expected birth date.
On longer journeys, ensure that you stop regularly for a break. It is possible that your reaction speed could diminish over the course of your pregnancy. In this case, you should let someone else do the driving.
When selecting your holiday destination, please consider the following criteria:
- Unfamiliar climates and hot temperatures place additional strain on your circulation during pregnancy.
- The amount of oxygen in the air begins to decline from a height of 2500 metres above sea level.
You should find out if your health insurer covers the provision of medical services at your chosen holiday destination.