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Different brains

Babies born before the 28th week of pregnancy rarely present serious cerebral lesions thanks to hospital care. However, they have difficulty at school, learn less well, demonstrate lower levels of concentration and find it difficult to interpret emotions.

Témoignage de Sabine J.

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.


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:


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.



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.



I am suffering from nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy (approximately the first 3 months), what should I do?

Nausea and vomiting in the first trimester is due to a hormone (beta-HCG). It normally subside after 3-4 months. One in two women suffer from these symptoms. In the event of repeated vomiting each day or weight loss, consult your physician.

Practical advice:



I have a headache, what should I do?

Headaches should not be accompanied by other symptoms, such as sudden increase in edema (swelling), "floaters" in front of the eyes, ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, irritability and/or pain in the upper part of the stomach.

If you experience several of these symptoms, consult your physician quickly as this could indicate a pregnancy related-disease: pre-eclampsia.

Practical advice if you are only experiencing a headache: