Pay attention to what you eat.
- Eat healthily: lots of fruit, vegetables and grains (potatoes and bread) and dairy products (milk and cheese);
- Eat a lot of small portions per day instead of a few big meals (easier to digest);
Some foods, soil, and dirty cat litter can contain germs that are dangerous for the foetus (risk of infection with toxoplasmosis and listeria):
- Do not eat raw eggs;
- Do not eat raw or smoked fish;
- Do not eat raw or poorly cooked meat. Wash your hands after cutting raw meat;
- Eat cheese and drink milk bought from the supermarket (no unpasteurised milk);
- Wash raw fruit and vegetables very well;
- Wear gloves if you work in the garden or clean out the cat box. Wash your hands afterwards.
- Drink sufficient water.
- Do not drink too much coffee, tea or cola.
- Do not drink alcohol.
Medicines, drugs and vitamins
Exercise and outdoor living
You can still have sex during pregnancy.
More health professionals
More information or help needed?
You can talk to a family doctor about almost every intimate issue. If necessary the family doctor can refer you to a specialised health professional. Find a family doctor in your neighbourhood:
Community health centre (wijkgezondheidscentrum)
You can visit a family doctor in a community health centre. Other care professionals such as nurses and social workers also work at community health centres. Care is provided free of charge. Find a community health centre in your neighbourhood:
Shop where you can buy medicines. You can also receive advice here about medicines. Find a pharmacy in your neighbourhood:
CAW - Centrum Algemeen Welzijn
Centre for general well-being - Help with all kinds of issues: a difficult relationship, medical, financial, administrative, legal or material problems, family problems,... CAWs also provide assistance to victims of violence and abuse. Find a CAW in your neighbourhood:
Prenatal and postnatal care for women who migrated to Belgium
02 535 47 13
Prenataal steunpunt - Brussel
Free prenatal care
02 229 50 17, 078 150 100
Kind en Gezin
Assistance to (prospective) parents with information, practical tips and medical follow-up until the child is 3 years of age. Services are for free.
078 150 100
A midwife helps pregnant women before, during and after delivery. Find a midwife in your neighbourhood:
Free social and medical monitoring during pregnancy and monitoring of the child. ONE works throughout French-speaking Belgium. Contact the local ONE branch: