Grossesse

Victime d’une embolie pulmonaire massive durant sa grossesse qui aurait pu lui coûter la vie et celle de sa petite fille, Ilyana, Sabine J. nous livre un témoignage bouleversant sur sa relation avec le personnel des HUG.

Infectious/childhood diseases

Rubella/measles: In general you will have been vaccinated in childhood against this disease. Serological tests are performed by your physician in early pregnancy. If you are not immune (negative) your physician will be informed and a vaccination will be performed after giving birth.

Chicken pox : In general you will have been vaccinated in childhood against this disease. Make sure that serological tests are performed by your physician in early pregnancy.

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Back pain

I have back pain, what should I do?

The increased volume and weight of the uterus causes a curvature leading to dorsal and lumbar pain. If this becomes too significant, talk to your physician who will prescribe physiotherapy or osteopathy sessions.

Practical advice:

  • Do not carry excessively heavy loads
  • Balance loads in both arms
  • Do not remain standing unnecessarily
  • Make correct movements with good posture
  • Swimming

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Hemorrhoids

I have hemorrhoids, what should I do?

Pregnancy can lead to hemorrhoids. They are due to the compression of the uterus on the large blood vessels, a hormone (progesterone) and constipation. Hemorrhoids can be painful and can result in bleeding, but they do not represent a risk to your baby.

Talk to your physician.

Practical advice:

  • Avoid constipation
  • Your physician may prescribe a hemorrhoid cream
  • Avoid prolonged standing

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Sore throats

I have the flu (common cold, sore throat, cough, etc.) without fever; what should I do?

The common cold is not dangerous for your baby. You can consult your family physician.

Practical advice:

  • Drink lots of fluids (water, herbal tea)
  • For example, for coughs: thyme tea with honey and lemon
  • For example, for colds: inhalation, seawater spray

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Ultrasound

An ultrasound scan is an imaging technique that uses ultrasound. It is used routinely in medicine and helps to verify that everything is well with your baby and its environment, using a vaginal or abdominal probe. 
This examination is completely painless for you and your baby.

During pregnancy, it is recommended that a total of three ultrasound scans should be performed:

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Urinary pain

If you experience a burning sensation when urinating and/or a frequent urge to urinate it is imperative to attend a consultation. 

The appearance of urinary infections is common during pregnancy.

During the examination, a urine test will be performed to detect urinary tract infection and you may be administered an antibiotic treatment.

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Sexual intercourse

When can I have sexual intercourse?

During pregnancy:
In most cases, there is no risk to having sexual intercourse during pregnancy. It does not harm the baby and helps to strengthen the couple.

Sexual intercourse must absolutely be avoided in the event of:

  • risk of premature birth
  • placenta previa (placenta covering the cervix)
  • rupture of the amniotic sac

After childbirth:
As desired, as soon as the suture is well healed, free from pain and there are no more heavy discharges.

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