Congratulations! Your pregnancy test has been positive and your gynaecologist confirmed your pregnancy.
But what is to do now?
Here you can find some helpful information for the next few months.
In a normal (no risk factors) pregnancy it is recommended, to have your antenatal checks every four weeks.
After being pregnant for 32 weeks, you should have your antenatal checks every two weeks.
If you pass your due date, you should get checked every two days.
Important to know, antenatal checks can either be performed by your midwife (normal pregnancies) or your gynaecologist. It is possible and common to combine this which means, you go to your midwife and your gynaecologist alternately.
It is recommended to have a minimum of three ultrasounds during your pregnancy. They usually take place in the period of 9. - 12., 19. - 22., and 29. - 32. pregnancy weeks and will be done by your doctor.
The examinations and blood results will be documented in your record of antenatal and natal care (Mutterpass) which you receive from your gynaecologist.
This record of antenatal and natal care, you should always carry with you.
The prenatal check-ups are based on the mandatory guidelines for expecting mothers.
Maternity protection act:
This law assures the protection of the mother and the unborn child at work. Please feel free to contact us to get information about this issue if necessary.
Parental craft classes:
Parental craft classes normally take 8 weeks and should be finished approximately 3 - 4 weeks before your due date. Please keep in mind, classes can be fully booked. So make sure to book in advance.
Midwife for postnatalcare:
Perhaps you already have a midwife who´s attending your pregnancy and doing your antenatal checkups. In this case you can ask her if she would also take care for you and your baby postnatally.
If not, you should find a midwife for your postnatal care early enough while you´re still pregnant. (When you´re about 25. weeks pregnant)
Admission for birth:
If you decide to give birth in a hospital, you can get some information about the hospitals in Hamburg. The hospitals offer information-evenings for expecting parents. The appointments for these evenings you will find on the homepages of the hospitals. After finding the clinic of your choice, you should get admitted in that certain hospital when your 24. - 30. weeks (depending on the hospital) pregnant. On this page you can find the hospitals in Hamburg you can give birth in.
Bag for the hospital:
Now it´s time to pack the bag and fill it with things you want to bring to the hospital when you give birth. It’s clever to do this early enough so you don´t get stressed out when it´s time! Here you can find, what we would suggest to take.
For the birth:
- CD’s (if you like a MP3-Player)
- Little snacks, e.g. Granolabar, Banana, Juice, and if you like some mints or chewing gum for a fresh taste
- 1 or 2 comfortable, and not too tight shirts (you might like it if they are a little bit longer), warm socks
- Hair band, or bobby pins
- Camera (don’t forget to charge your batteries!)
For the postnatal ward:
-2 or 3 pyjamas or nightdress (it's handy if you can button them up in the front)
- (warm) socks
- night grown
- Breastfeeding-Bras and nursing pads
- Underpants (for these days you might choose some cotton, granny-like pants)
- flip-flops for showering
- 3 or 4 toweles and if you like washcloths
- personal items
- clothes and a pair of shoes for the day of your discharge
For the baby:
- Clothes for the day you are going home (vest, baby grow, socks, hat and a jacket for outside)
- Car seat
Don’t forget to bring your record of antenatal and natal care (Mutterpass).
The hospitals in Hamburg will provide maternity pads as well as baby clothes, nappies and, if needed, bottles for the days you are in the hospital.
Parental leave and parent's money:
Every parent can claim parental leave for the care and upbringing of their child for the first 3 years.
The parent’s money makes it easier for parents to stay home with their child and not to work.
If you need more information about that, we would be happy to help you.
The class starts earliest 6 weeks after your baby’s birth. So you have plenty of time to discuss that with your midwife at the end of your pregnancy.