Books about the time of pregnancy (and of course about the birth and the time after) are now available in abundance. However, we would like to recommend an extremely interesting copy of Dr. Imma Müller – Hartburg to you: “1001 prohibitions in pregnancy: tips and tricks that are better ignored”. It argues for more restraint and less (artificial) excitement – Tenor: Well meant is far from well done. In any case, our editorial team was enthusiastic about the book.ü

The book title “1001 prohibitions in pregnancy” even interested the mother of two in our editorial department (who “devoured” the book in an hour or so) – and immediately became a (but only very short-term) disappointment. But this disappointment should have vanished very soon:

Although we expected “1001 harsh recommendations (and their refutation) from know-it-alls in the circle of acquaintances and relatives as well as from strict doctors or midwives” (quasi a “Worst of pregnancy latin”), this is probably not quite the case on 154 (lovingly illustrated) pages with the best will in the world. Rather, the title is perhaps an allusion to “Fairy tale from 1001 Nights” and thus absolutely corresponding to the content of the book.

And so finally to the content: Dr. Imma Müller-Hartburg is a gynaecologist and member of the board of the St. Josef Hospital in the 13th district of Vienna. As such, she has already cared for more than 2,500 births and is thus constantly confronted with the numerous worries and growing insecurity of expectant mothers. As an expert (and we can confirm this predicate after our own experiences and misinformation) she was probably a thousand and at least one times annoyed by the nonsensical fears and irritations of her mothers to be cared for – and so the sensible decision matured: “Why not write a book yourself?

Good advice, senseless prohibitions ….
Thought, done – and the result is something to be proud of: In understandable, logical, positive, cheerful and also very sensitive language, Müller-Hartburg addresses the most popular concerns of expectant mothers (and of course fathers).

The tenor “Listen to yourself and your inner voice” is by no means just esoteric, but primarily wants to create a positive (own) mood – because pregnancy is by no means a disease! With a few, but very effective lines, dreaded catchwords and “top pregnancy round topics” such as: Amniocentesis, fish, pill, neck wrinkle measurement, organ screening, moods, pickles, etc. Worth knowing written down. Informative, from practice – but not instructive.

And finally, of course, the friends of “1001 Forbidden” also get their money’s worth. Topics like

toxoplasmosis
Flying and holidays
Sex during pregnancy and after birth
supine position
outpatient birth (which should be a special topic for the author)
are treated clearly and unambiguously.

Smoking during pregnancy
Smoking is strictly forbidden, the facts about the risk of health consequences for the unborn child are clear. Smoking must therefore be taboo. Of course, this also applies to drugs. There is no room for manoeuvre in this area. Point.

Nutrition during pregnancy
Imma Müller-Hartburg gives the following tips on the subject of nutrition:

“Please keep eating what you like and only pay attention to what you should actually pay attention to: balanced, healthy and not too much. It makes absolutely no sense to suddenly eat tons of fruit just because we always hear how healthy it is. On the other hand, it is absolutely allowed to have a sip of beer or wine if you feel like it – you should not drink too much of it, but you shouldn’t drink too much of it otherwise”.

On the subject of alcohol during pregnancy, however, it must be clearly stated that the consumption of alcoholic beverages is particularly dangerous for your child, especially in early pregnancy, as alcohol during pregnancy is very damaging to the fruit. Of course, the dose makes the poison here too, but still limit your consumption to 1-2 glasses of sparkling wine or beer during the whole pregnancy.

Not that the probability would be particularly high, because raw milk and raw milk products are meanwhile completely difficult to get, but the reference should not remain omitted: with these products an increased infection danger exists for expectant mothers. For these mothers, the disease is usually harmless with accompanying symptoms such as fever, nausea and vomiting. However, the infection can quickly spread to the unborn child and cause miscarriage or premature birth.

The following raw milk products should therefore be avoided during pregnancy:

– Raw milk
– Semi-solid cheese with blue mould (Gorgonzola)
– Cheese with red grease (Esrom, hand cheese and Tilsiter)
– Pickled cheese from open container from the refrigerated counter (mozzarella, herb curd, feta and cream cheese)

A highlight of the book (which – and at this point we afford the only criticism – could have been a few “classics” of pregnancy errors) is undoubtedly packed in the author’s closing words. Dr. Müller-Hartburg answers the (frequent) question about literature recommendations on the subject of pregnancy and birth:

“Read Harry Potter or the daily newspaper or any beautiful romance novel. But read as few books as possible that deal specifically with pregnancy and childbirth – although I am of course pleased that you have read this book!

Flying and air travel during pregnancy
A flight is possible and normally not a problem from a medical point of view, but there are a few points to consider: The risk of thrombosis is increased during pregnancy, so a long flight should be well planned. If the flight is longer, venous compression stockings are a good way to reduce the risk.

Up to the 37th week of pregnancy – when the mother is expecting only one child – the risk of labour in the airplane is relatively low. After that, however, the contractions can begin at any time, so it is advisable to refrain from flying from this time. Many airlines do not allow pregnant women to fly from this point on and there may be difficulties with travel insurance.

In general, there is no evidence that flying could cause premature labor, a rupture of the bladder or even a miscarriage. We recommend that you consult your doctor in any case.

Vaccinations during pregnancy
While some vaccinations, such as the flu vaccination, are recommended during pregnancy, others are not. It is best to consult your family doctor or your gynaecologist which vaccination makes sense.

Sexuality during pregnancy
The good news: you can have sexual intercourse as often and as long as there is fun and desire on both sides. In case of bleeding, premature labour or other complications, it is essential to consult a gynaecologist.

Even if the author of the book mentioned above gives the advice in consequence still to look as little as possible into Internet (there our gesund.co.at – Babycorner is not pleased at all) – the relevant beginning is clear and probably correct: Overinformation leads for the layman sometime to the uncertainty.

Thus a short pregnancy recommendation of gesund.co.at:

1. get pregnant (have fun)
2. consult and interview a medical examiner
3rd book “1001 prohibitions in pregnancy” by Imma Müller-Hartburg kaufen
4. clarify any remaining questions with a gynaecologist/gynaecologist/midwife (do not let self-appointed experts instruct you!)
5. give birth to a great baby

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