WALA: Ms Kiefer, how far has the baby developed now, and what does the mother-to-be notice in the middle three months of pregnancy?
A. K.: In the first twelve weeks of pregnancy the baby’s organs develop. From the second trimester onwards it grows rapidly in size and the uterus begins to push up and over the pubic bone. At the start of pregnancy a woman is aware of changes, but she cannot feel the little person growing inside her. This happens in the second trimester. Towards the end of this phase the mother can feel the child moving. Initially it feels like butterfly wings brushing the abdominal wall, or like a slight tickle.
WALA: The woman’s body changes rapidly in the middle three months of pregnancy. What can she do to care for her body?
A. K.: Anything that feels good is the right choice now. Many women enjoy bathing. They like the feeling being in water gives them. They also enjoy using high-quality oils. For example, many women find massaging the abdomen with Dr.Hauschka Blackthorn Body Oil pleasant and helpful in preventing stretch marks. Towards the end of the second trimester they experience how, when they massage their belly, they can also massage their baby. This gives their partner an opportunity to “meet” the child for the first time, too. The men are often fascinated by the chance to feel what was invisible and hidden until now. Now they can touch the child in the mother’s belly, and might even feel a little kick in response.
WALA: What exercise do you recommend during pregnancy?
A. K.: The same applies here: anything that makes the woman feel good is right for her. Exercises that train endurance are particularly suitable in preparation for labour. For instance cycling, running or swimming. Many women find swimming is good for their back. In the water they no longer notice the heaviness of their body – they feel a sense of lightness. Many women enjoy yoga during pregnancy, because it helps keep them supple. Many yoga movements are relaxing and are good for the back while also training the arms and legs.
WALA: What can the midwife offer the mother-to-be during this phase of pregnancy?
A.K.: Towards the middle of the pregnancy the woman should think about registering for and starting antenatal classes. These classes, or a talk with the midwife, can help the woman decide whether she would prefer to give birth at home, in a birthing centre or in hospital. The woman can also talk to the midwife about the changes she is experiencing and the questions that arise during pregnancy. If she is experiencing discomfort, the midwife can offer valuable advice.
Natural relief from discomfort in the middle three months:
Backache is a common problem during pregnancy. A warming massage with the pain-relieving massage oil WALA Aconit Schmerzöl1 will help. Your partner can rub the painful area one to three times a day using light, circular motions. Make sure you keep the massaged area warm.
During pregnancy the muscle at the entrance to the stomach can become slack, allowing gastric juice to reflux into the oesophagus. The result is heartburn. Additionally, as it gets bigger, the child in the belly presses the mother’s stomach upwards, exacerbating the symptoms of heartburn. Avoid spicy foods, coffee, black tea, very fizzy mineral water, too much animal protein and sugar, all of which can trigger gastric acid reflux. Instead, consume slightly bitter foods and ensure that your diet is rich in magnesium, for example from green vegetables, brown rice, nuts, wheat germ and oat flakes. To regulate the secretion of gastric juice you can also take 5 WALA Robinia comp., Globuli velati2 five times a day.
Constipation and flatulence
It is important to change your diet to include whole foods rich in roughage, such as wholemeal bread, bran, dried fruit, apples, green leafy vegetables and salads. Lactic acid also stimulates the digestion. It is found in buttermilk, whey, sour milk, yoghurt and sauerkraut. Get into the habit of drinking a glass of lukewarm water first thing in the morning, and drink 2–3 litres of fluid in the course of the day. If this doesn’t help or you can’t change your diet, 5–10 WALA Anagallis comp., Globuli velati3. taken one to three times a day will help. They stimulate liver function and hence bile acid production – both necessary for good digestion. Regular exercise and gently massaging the thighs and lower abdomen (in a clockwise direction) with the copper ointment WALA Kupfer Salbe rot4 will activate the metabolism and improve muscle tone. If the problem continues, an occasional enema with about 0.5 litres of lukewarm water or camomile tea (10 flowers to 0.5 litres of water) is recommended. You can obtain an irrigation device, used for performing an enema, in any medical supply store or pharmacy.
Exhaustion, slight iron deficiency
If you lack iron you can take 5–10 WALA Levico comp., Globuli velati daily, in the morning, for a maximum of two weeks, or longer after consultation with your doctor. These globules also help in cases of exhaustion: allow 10 globules to dissolve under the tongue mornings and evenings for a maximum period of two weeks. In cases of overwork, tension and in hectic phases, WALA Nerven- und Aufbaunahrung has proved to be an excellent pick-me-up. Its balanced composition supports the metabolism; it stimulates, energises and harmonises.
The First Three Months: A Time of Adjustment
The Last Three Months: A Time of Burden
Required product information
1 WALA Aconit Schmerzöl (pain-relieving oil)
Indications are derived from the anthroposophical understanding of human beings and nature. They include: Stimulation of the warmth organism and integration of metabolic processes in painful, inflammatory disorders originating in the nerve-sense system, e.g. nerve pain (neuralgia), inflammation of the nerves (neuritis), shingles (herpes zoster), rheumatic joint disease. Warning: Contains refined peanut oil.
2 WALA Robinia comp., Globuli velati
Indications are derived from the anthroposophical understanding of human beings and nature. They include: Harmonisation of secretion and motility in the upper digestive tract, e.g. in heartburn, excessive acidity of the gastric juice (hyperacidity), ulcers in the digestive tract (peptic ulcers). Warning: Contains sucrose.
3 WALA Anagallis comp., Globuli velati
Indications are derived from the anthroposophical understanding of human beings and nature. They include: Stimulation of the metabolic functions in hepatic and biliary disorders (hepatocholecystopathies) accompanied by lack of appetite, feeling of fullness, flatulence and itching of the skin; eczema. Warning: Contains sucrose.
4 WALA Kupfer Salbe rot (copper ointment)
Indications are derived from the anthroposophical understanding of human beings and nature. They include: Harmonisation in conditions where there is disturbed integration of the warmth organism in the circulatory and metabolic-musculoskeletal system, e.g. in hypostatic disturbances of the peripheral venous system, spasms and cramps of the gastrointestinal tract, impaired renal function. Active ingredient: Cuprum oxydulatum rubrum.
5 WALA Levico comp., Globuli velati
Indications are derived from the anthroposophical understanding of human beings and nature. They include: Stimulation of the anabolic metabolism, e.g. in states of exhaustion, hypotensive dysregulation, latent iron deficiency. Warning: Contains sucrose.
For information on risks and side-effects please read the pack insert and ask your doctor or pharmacist.