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If you are pregnant or have recently given birth, you now have the chance to participate in Graviditetsenkäten (the Pregnancy Survey). You will be asked questions about how you felt about the care you received during your pregnancy, after giving birth, and one year after giving birth. The survey also includes questions about your health. Each pregnancy and childbirth experience is unique, so your participation is important to us. Your feedback will help us improve the care.
What happens when a child is being born? A birth is divided into different stages: the latent and active phases which transition into the actual birth, followed by the placenta delivery. In this text, you can read more about the different phases and about what happens in the body.
Giving birth is painful. The experience of that pain differs between individuals. The body is made to handle pain, but there are different methods that can help you with pain relief if you need it.
It is good to exercise and stay active when you are pregnant. It makes you feel better. It can also prevent and help with certain pregnancy symptoms. Physical activity is also a good way to prepare the body for the delivery. You will also get back into shape more easily after the pregnancy.
The foetus is exposed to harmful substances if you smoke or use snus during pregnancy. This poses a risk to the foetus and the pregnancy. As soon as you stop consuming tobacco, the risk goes down. Anyone can give up tobacco. But you can get help if it’s hard. Avoid nicotine plasters, nicotine gum and e-cigarettes.
The first part of the delivery is normally spent at home. When the contractions intensify, it may be time to go to the delivery ward. But how do you know when it’s time? This text gives you some guidance.
When you are pregnant, the body needs extra nutrition, vitamins and minerals. You can eat most things, and it is good to keep a varied diet. Food that contains a lot of nutrients include wholegrain products, greens, root vegetables, beans, oily fish, eggs, dairy, fruit, seeds and nuts. You may need to take folic acid and iron supplements.
An abortion means ending a pregnancy. The Swedish Abortion Act permits free abortion, and it is completely up to you whether or not to have one. A number of different methods can be used to perform an abortion. The main difference between the methods is that you either take tablets or undergo a minor operation.