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Week 5-8

I'm pregnant!

The time has finally come: The first time a woman misses a period, a pregnancy test can establish whether she really is expecting a baby.

And while the parents consider how they should pass this exciting news on to all of the people around them, their baby develops at a breathtaking pace – in the space of just a few weeks, a single cell grows into an embryo which is already five millimetres long and whose individual body parts and organs are already starting to grow.

Sport is still on the cards

Desire for exercise? Fancy a bit of sport? Now you still can! 

Sport is not just allowed now, it’s very much recommended. Provided you have no health problems, you can indulge in sport during your pregnancy. And pregnant women who work out enjoy a real advantage: They are fit, mobile and have real stamina.

The hitlist of pregnancy sports: 

  • Swimming – good for the body and soul, and you’ll also feel very light … 
  • Walking – ideal, but don’t overdo it 
  • Hiking – the key thing here is also not to overdo it, and keep below an altitude of 2500 metres 
  • Golf – can be enjoyed all the way through pregnancy 
  • Jogging – with well-cushioned trainers and only in moderation 
  • Dancing – fine, but just avoid jumps and wild shapes 
  • Yoga – the ideal sport for pregnancy, but don’t stretch too much

In the months ahead, restful and relaxing sports are best of all. So leave serious active sport until after the pregnancy. But don’t worry, you’ll never be bored.

Finding the right words …

My pregnancy test is positive! So how do I tell him?

Finding the right words when you are experiencing a wave of emotions is not an easy thing to do. But there are other ways of announcing that you're expecting a child than just saying "You're going to be a dad": 

  • Use the element of surprise: Deposit little baby socks or a romper suit in an obvious place in his wardrobe. Or pack some diapers in his briefcase.
  • Plan a romantic dinner at home and serve a little glass of baby mush for dessert – or hide a pacifier in the pudding.
  • Wear a T-shirt bearing the inscription "MAMA" or "BABY ON BOARD" (available in various maternity shops).
  • Body painting for intimate moments: Use a lipstick to write "I'm pregnant" or "Baby inside" ... on your stomach.
  • Present the father-to-be with a photo of the positive pregnancy test.
  • The first ultrasound image is also a great way of sending an encrypted message – put the image in a frame and place it somewhere obvious.
  • Present a textbook on "Becoming a father": Then he'll know that he's going to be a father – and he'll also know what to do.