Pregnancy in Sweden.
Pregnancy in Sweden is not done by doctors, but by nurses. And the knowledge of nurses can be compared with the knowledge of a family doctor in Latvia. They are competent in most situations, but if it is a difficult case, they will definitely send you to a specialist for a checkup, most often the same day. If necessary, nurses also write sick lists.
Pregnancy in Sweden, as in most countries of Europe, is not perceived as a disease, you do not need to drink vitamins, folic acid, limit yourself to something. On the contrary, it is recommended to exercise at least 30 minutes a day and lead a normal lifestyle (except for alcohol and smoking). In Latvia, another approach to managing pregnancy is partly because of the focus of medicine on preserving the child through maintaining the mother’s health. Partly this is due to the lack of technology that allows the child to leave the early stages of life (in Sweden, a child born at the age of 20 weeks may go out, in Latvia this child is doomed).
The first visit to the nurse takes place on the 9th or 10th week. Urine and blood tests are taken, the results of which are visible in a minute (all technologies for analyzing the results are immediately at the nurse). The history of chronic illnesses in you or in the family is discussed, and a statistical test is done for your level of risk. This test in two weeks will complement the result of ultrasound, which will show how much your child has a risk of getting Down’s disease. If the risk is large, an additional test of water in the uterus is made, after which it is very possible to determine whether the disease is a child or not. Usually the level of risk in women under 35 is quite low.
In addition, the first meeting gives a test of your habits with alcohol, 20 questions in detail test your habits. The questions are composed in such a way that one can understand from the answers whether there is a risk that you abuse alcohol. What will happen if the risk seems to be great, I do not know, maybe they’ll put it on the account in the social service (in Sweden they really care about the safety of children, but more on that later).
The second meeting with the nurse takes place at week 16. Urine and blood tests are taken, pressure, weight are measured, and the direction to the second ultrasound is given. And in Sweden on ultrasound go usually together with the future daddy. You can also go to the nurse together, and I’ve seen a lot of couples who do that. Our dad went only to both ultrasound and to the courses of future parents. The next visit to the nurse will be on the 19th or 20th week, where ultrasound results will be analyzed.
Starting from the 24th week, parents are encouraged to start enrolling in free courses. Usually it’s 5 meetings, each for 1.5 hours, with the following topics: What happens during childbirth, Breathing during childbirth, The first time after the baby was born (and the role of the pope at that time), Feeding the baby, Relationships after childbirth and postpartum depression. Courses are conducted by a senior nurse and a doctor.
In addition, around the 24th week it is advised to choose two hospitals where you would like to give birth. In maternity hospitals every Monday in the evenings do the “open house day & raquo ;. This is a lecture for 2.5 hours with a break for tea, coffee, where the staff from the hospital tells about the birth, shows a video about the rooms in the hospital, tells about what to take with you, what information should be given when you call the hospital before you go , what means of anesthesia are available, and what happens if you have a cesarean or if the child is admitted to the intensive care unit. After such presentation there is a feeling where exactly you would like to give birth. We chose the Karolinska hospital closest to our home, where one of the best departments of intensive pediatric therapy.
In Sweden, there are also paid courses for parents, such as yoga for pregnant women, water gymnastics, a longer course for breathing during childbirth. They are not expensive, usually 100 kroons at a time (11 euros).
In Sweden, statistics show that about 10% of women experience depression during pregnancy or after childbirth. If this happens, you can be given a free psychologist or sent to a support group. And the psychologist can speak your native language, be it Russian, Chinese or Arabic (in the information brochure it was said about the support in 19 languages). Your state of mind is discussed at every visit to the nurse, and somewhere on the 20th week and after the birth is also asked to fill out the test for 10 questions. My tests showed a state of complete happiness without a single cloud, so I did not need a psychologist.
Since the 25th week, visits to the nurse have become more frequent, every 2 weeks. We listened to the beating heart, watched the baby lying in the tummy (my little cunning was spinning in all directions, finding a new position in my stomach for each new visit), taking tests, measuring the stomach.
We also discussed the birth, in Sweden there is a tradition to go on birth with a prepared letter for the staff (what I want, how I want, how the staff can help me, etc.). A form for writing a nurse gives home on the 25th or 30th week, and you can consult on the content at each visit before delivery. I moved a little with Danilka, so at the last visit to the nurse we also discussed what would happen if it were necessary to stimulate childbirth. But fortunately it was not needed.
The last weeks before the birth I had the most energetic and happy. I finished working a month before the birth and every day I walked 8 or 10 kilometers with audiobooks. I listened to the biography of Steve Jobs, walked around the frozen lakes, parks around the house, climbed the rocks and enjoyed the winter sun and fresh air, until one day someone in the tummy whispered that he also wants to winter sun. About this in the next blog.
When I got pregnant, I was worried that I would have a lack of iron in my blood, since I was a vegetarian since birth. But it turned out the other way around, 1.5 liters of fresh apple juice and a lot of positive in the open air made it, and I had the highest levels of iron in my entire life. It turns out a lot of things that decides! I wish you more positive, he is better than any vitamins!
Elementarnaja nehvatka vitaminov, horowego pitanija, fizi4eskaja nagruzka. Nesmotrja na to, wto v na4ale beremennosti mi zdali dvojnju, no odin maliw pogib k sozaleniju, nikto ne pos4ital nuznim datj mne bitj v pokoe doma!
And in Latvia have found out why you in SWEDEN fell in faints and why state of health was such bad?
What wonderful photos! Especially liked with the names Great idea!
In general, it was nice to read about taoy happy pregnancy. It’s great.
A u menja o4enj plohoj opit s eremenostju v Wvecii! Ja priehala rozatj domoj v Rigu.
A iz vseh testov, kotorie upomjanuti v etom bloge, mne sdelali tolko odin, tak nazivaemij KUB-test (analiz krovi s ultrazvukom, na vijavlenie sindroma Dauna i 2 drugih hromosomnih zabolevanij).
Kak mne kazetsa, rozatj v Wvecii horowo, uslovija horowie, no vedenie beremennosti otvratitelnoe.
V moem slu4ae, vra4a mne priwlos zdatj 3 nedeli, nikto v tot ze denj menja ne prinimal, daze platno. Rezultati analizov opatj-taki tolko 4erez mesac, a to i poltora, pri tom, wto 4uvstvovala sebja o4enj ploho.
K sozaleniju, akuwerka, kotoraja vela moju beremennostj, ne davala mne bolni4nij, ne smotrja na to, wto ja v obmoroki valilas, objasnjaja tem, wto beremennostj-eto ne boleznj, wto vse normalno. Ja s4itaju, wto tak nelzja. V itoge ja sej4as zdes i 4erez 2 mesaca mne rozatj. Samo4uvstvie po priezdu domoj srazu ze ulu4wilos, otnowenie vra4ej kak mne kazetsa zdes toze polu4we!
It’s great! Everything is so adjusted. Letters to the maternity hospital is a great idea!
Very interesting. Such a concern that we do not believe in straight)))
kak interesno. a pocemu vegetarianec s rozdenija.
Everything is very positive and healthy! Did you make apple juice yourself?
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