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Re: I am pregnant – What to expect when expecting in Switzerland

In the hospital - apart from all the diapers, wipes and clothes for the baby - I was given pain relief in the form of pills, treatment for the blood loss, iron infusion, and medicaments related to my situation (placenta collapse). I was also given huge pads and throw away net panties. Also a squirty bottle. I left the hospital with a doctor's prescription for all needed medicaments, and for a change I did not have to pay and demand the money back from the insurance, it actually went directly to the insurance (I felt like I was stealing, and asked the lady 5 times if I could really go without paying...).

Something that they did not provide was showering stuff - I was caught without shower gel, and when I was finally allowed a gorgeous shower (OMG IT WAS HEAVEN), I was given a little sample with a stern "tssk tssk" (fortunately husband got me something when he came to the hospital that evening).

I also got a nipple shield and managed to take the bottles used to feed my new born with me.

During the visit of the midwife, she gave me nipple relief pads, but apart from that nothing else apart from advice and the check ups.

I bought extra pads and net panties in the Migros for the time I was out of the hospital.

Apart from stocking on proper pads (not the usual monthly ones, get them really thick ones - they are actually next to the incontinence section, or ask in the pharmacy for post-partum pads), take some shower supplies and if you intend to breastfeed, get the best cream out there - Lansinoh (got a supply from Amazon. which is much cheaper). Everything else, including pain relief, will be prescribed to you after being assessed by the doctor (if you birth in the hospital, that is).

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