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pregnant in Switzerland

Dear all,


Having just moved to Switzerland, and now realised that I am pregnant...for the first time. I am quite worried.


I do not even know where to go and who to talk to.


My insurance company said 'see a gynaecologist', 'then there is nothing else you need to do'....


What about midwife system? scans? check ups?


Please help!!
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My insurance company said 'see a gynaecologist', 'then there is nothing else you need to do'....
That.

And don't go overboard on the alcohol.

There are a few foods you shouldn't eat too.

Good luck!
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Re: pregnant in Switzerland

Hi Tom,


Thanks for that.


Do you know where I can have scans and check-ups?
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Re: pregnant in Switzerland

The gynaecologist will explain, if you ask him/her.

By the way, I believe that ante-natal classes are over-subscribed, so it's a good idea to book one now, assuming that you want to attend one.
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Do you know where I can have scans and check-ups?
At the Gynecologist/Obstetrician..... That's their job!!
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Re: pregnant in Switzerland

Ah, I guess seeing a gynaecologist is where to start the whole process. Thank you!!


I would like to attend some class, as this is my first pregnancy. I am really scared, plus I am not in the UK.... Could you advice on how to register for classes please?
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Hi Tom,


Thanks for that.


Do you know where I can have scans and check-ups?
The gynaecologist does all that.

There tend to be a lot of specialist doctors here who work out of their own surgeries and so a gynaecologist will have all the set up to do the scans and things there rather than at a hospital.

I'm sure there will be a lady who sees this thread who is in a position to help you choose one in the area where you live.

That's as much as I know as a bystander at these things
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At the Gynecologist/Obstetrician..... That's their job!!
Thanks!

I will call them tomorrow - all of them are closed already today.
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Thanks!

I will call them tomorrow - all of them are closed already today.
Good idea. They will know how things work in your locality.

Congratulations, by the way.
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Re: pregnant in Switzerland

First of all congratulations.
We have been through the same process once we too landed here, so I can help.
First call a hospital ( geburtshilfe ) or gynacologist and take an appointment. First appointment happens in 8 weeks. Till that time, be calm , drink lots of water, eat healthy food. Everything should be alright. It is also good to have pre pregnancy multi vitamin ( we had elevite ). Your basic insurance covers all expenses starting from 8th week till pregnancy. All the best.
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Re: pregnant in Switzerland

Hi atomic,
Please don't be scared. You are in a terrific health system here. Have a look at prenatal tests on the internet as you might want a little knowledge before you see the obstetrician. I don't know how old you are but I was practically a senior citizen so I had some decisions to think about in terms of tests and importantly what I would do if I chose to have a test and the result was poor. First scan is usually 8 weeks and these tests can start soon after.
. Taking elevit is good like the other poster said ( be aware the iron makes your no. 2 go a bit black, not romantic I know). Prenatal classes were a bit of a waste for me (had to go c section which was perfectly fine) but breast feeding classes and watching lots of YouTube of how to breast feed was worth gold. there ain't nothing natural about breast feeding. It is a learnt skill that takes a bit of time and kinda hurts like buggery in the beginning but knowing from the get go what to expect will ease your stress.
Have a wonderful time, this is such a joy. in a couple of months you will be lying down one night and feel the incredible sensation of your little bub giving you a kick or a little swirl around. I for one am most jealous of this special time you will have waiting to meet the most important person in the world. There are so many mums here just waiting to help you and answer your questions. You are not alone.
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Re: pregnant in Switzerland

Congratulations and all the best for you and your partner.

As mentioned, the Swiss system is really good. First you will need to find a gynaecologist. You can do a Google search or maybe ask your local hospital if they can provide you with a list. I have also noticed a old thread where someone asked for a gynaecologist in Bern. (I didn't read this though). You might need to call a few as they all tend to be rather full. Once you start calling also ask the receptionist if she/he maybe knows of a gynaecologist who are currently taking new patients.

If you and your partner are not fluent in Swiss-German maybe make sure the gynaecologist speaks English. You want to focus on your pregnancy and not stress about understanding your doctor.

The doctor will give you a list for midwives, classes etc. The hospital should also be able to help you here. However all your scans, tests and check-ups will be done by a gynaecologist.

Good luck and I hope you find a great gynaecologist!
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Re: pregnant in Switzerland

I agree the prenatal classes are a bit daft ... puff puff flower opening & all that, but at least you will meet people in the same boat as you 'cos it's good to be able to share what you're going through with someone else who is too.
I said I wanted all the pain killers going which didn't go down too well. That is what they were invented for.

The midwife was more use after the birth than before as doctors can be a little overwhelming & midwives can have a more natural approach.

Aussie12345s comments are spot on.

I would recommend you find a pediatrician too before popping. If you have met them beforehand you will avoid finding out you don't get on with them when you have a little person to concentrate on. We had a bad experience with the 1st one who treated me like some ignorant savage because of a slight misunderstanding with the term "putting my baby in a basket" which in English is perfectly normal but in French appears to sound like I come from the jungle & would be rearing an ape to her, in addition to a difference of opinions.
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Re: pregnant in Switzerland

Thank you everyone for your help!

Does anyone know anything about the following blood tests?
  1. Harmony
  2. Prendia (suggested by my Gynaecologist)
  3. PrenaTest
I am slightly over 35, and I am 15 weeks into my pregnancy. Am I really in that big risk of having a baby with Down's syndrome, that I really need to carry out a special blood test?


Would the result of the combined Scan and standard blood test not be sufficient enough?
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Thank you everyone for your help!

Does anyone know anything about the following blood tests?
  1. Harmony
  2. Prendia (suggested by my Gynaecologist)
  3. PrenaTest
I am slightly over 35, and I am 15 weeks into my pregnancy. Am I really in that big risk of having a baby with Down's syndrome, that I really need to carry out a special blood test?


Would the result of the combined Scan and standard blood test not be sufficient enough?
These are the kinds of questions you should be asking your doctor and not random people on the internet. Yes, over 35 for the mother puts you in a high risk category and you can google this all day long. But, at the end of the day, the decisions are between you, your partner and the doctor. Please, do not make medical decisions based on things you read on EF.
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These are the kinds of questions you should be asking your doctor and not random people on the internet. Yes, over 35 for the mother puts you in a high risk category and you can google this all day long. But, at the end of the day, the decisions are between you, your partner and the doctor. Please, do not make medical decisions based on things you read on EF.
I understand your point, and I do not intend to make any decision solely based on what I read here. I am only confused with the options, and wondered if anyone had experience with any of the tests above.
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Re: pregnant in Switzerland

Hi there,

Congratulations! I am a little bit ahead of you at 18 weeks. I will be 39 when our baby comes and considered ancient! I was offered the tests to rule our genetic abnormalities. My husband had already decided we would like to know about any issues and so I had a cvs which is when they put a needle into your placenta and withdraw cells. There is a risk of miscarriage with this but my stats of having a baby with abnormalities was far higher than the miscarriage risk so we went ahead. Fortunately everything was fine. It was explained to me that the blood tests can show up possible abnormalities but not exactly what they are and not all. If a lot of strange things show up on the blood test the doctors usually then suggest you have an amnio as well to get more specific info about what these are. However definitely check that with your doctor again. I have to check constantly about the info mine is giving me.

You get a check up at 18 weeks just to make sure your bloods, weight, blood pressure are fine and then at 23 weeks you have a big scan to look at baby again, check size and check for any organ issues. I think there are more check ups after that and then at 32 weeks you are handed over to a midwife at your hospital of choice.

The info might vary a bit From doctor to doctor buy I hope that helps. If you want to know anything else or just chat please PM me. Best Of luck x
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Hi there,

Congratulations! I am a little bit ahead of you at 18 weeks. I will be 39 when our baby comes and considered ancient! I was offered the tests to rule our genetic abnormalities. My husband had already decided we would like to know about any issues and so I had a cvs which is when they put a needle into your placenta and withdraw cells. There is a risk of miscarriage with this but my stats of having a baby with abnormalities was far higher than the miscarriage risk so we went ahead. Fortunately everything was fine. It was explained to me that the blood tests can show up possible abnormalities but not exactly what they are and not all. If a lot of strange things show up on the blood test the doctors usually then suggest you have an amnio as well to get more specific info about what these are. However definitely check that with your doctor again. I have to check constantly about the info mine is giving me.

You get a check up at 18 weeks just to make sure your bloods, weight, blood pressure are fine and then at 23 weeks you have a big scan to look at baby again, check size and check for any organ issues. I think there are more check ups after that and then at 32 weeks you are handed over to a midwife at your hospital of choice.

The info might vary a bit From doctor to doctor buy I hope that helps. If you want to know anything else or just chat please PM me. Best Of luck x
gee - 39 -do they roll out the wheel chair for you at each visit I was 37 with baby #3 and was constantly reminded of my "advanced maternal age"!

I decided I didn't want the amnio, but we did all the other blood tests and were prepared to do the amnio if something showed an abnormality. I was in the US for my pregnancies, and it was a few years ago, so I have forgotten all the names, but basically, look up what you can on the internet and decide for yourself what you want to do and listen to the advice of your doctor. You don't have to agree with all they say, you need to do what is right for you and your situation.

I also seem to remember I have to sign off several times saying I refused the amnio - gotta love the CYA being done by the insurance companies in the US!

The best thing to do is to try and stay calm, healthy, exercise if you are so inclined, and get ready for the changes that are coming. Sometimes, as well, ignorance can be bliss - don't stress yourself out about what can go wrong. Enjoy these magical days, I, too, am sometimes jealous when I see a pregnant woman and remember the kicks and nudges and good times. Funny how we can quickly forget the not so pleasant moments

Congrats!
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Thank you everyone for your help!

Does anyone know anything about the following blood tests?
  1. Harmony
  2. Prendia (suggested by my Gynaecologist)
  3. PrenaTest
I am slightly over 35, and I am 15 weeks into my pregnancy. Am I really in that big risk of having a baby with Down's syndrome, that I really need to carry out a special blood test?


Would the result of the combined Scan and standard blood test not be sufficient enough?


I had the PraenaTest just for my own peace of mind (I'm 36).

If you're 15 weeks, you probably already had the usual nuchal measurement and blood test at around 12 weeks? Was the result high risk?
If it was high and your doctor therefore believes further testing is recommended, then those tests are almost as accurate as amnio, but risk-free. And if they come back with high risk as well, you still have the option of amnio.


If your standard 12-week test came back as low risk, then it's really up to you if you feel you want any further testing.
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