Pregnancy & Delivery

Congratulations ... You're pregnant!

Prenatal follow up

The first consultation takes place ideally around 7-8 weeks of pregnancy (from the last menstruation).

To obtain an appointment within this period, it is better to contact the secretary directly at +32 2 675 75 35 every working day between 8 am-10 am and between 2 pm-4 pm.

According to the date of the last menstrual period, an appointment will be proposed.

Pending the appointment, a blood test could already be performed. This can be done by the midwife at the doctor's office (Wednesday or Friday) after appointment. But if you prefer, the request can be sent by mail and can be done by your general practitioner or at a collection center of your choice.

A first ultrasound will be done in order to date and evaluate the pregnancy.

Pregnancy follow-up consultations will be held approximately once a month.

It is also possible to follow-up alternately with the midwife, who works in close relation with Dr Swimberghe.

At the end of pregnancy, the consultations are more frequent, in order to exclude any risk of complication.


Giving birth is a magic and unique experience for every mom!

Labor and delivery occur mainly in the delivery room within the CHIREC DELTA hospital.

Dr Swimberghe gives you the opportunity to personalize your childbirth and therefore to attend your delivery.

The aim is to create a relaxed atmosphere, in which you feel safe and comfortable.

Once as you are admitted to the delivery room, a midwife will welcome you. She will contact Dr Swimberghe, who will remain available throughout your labor and delivery.

The team of midwives will inform you at any time and will listen to you throughout labor and delivery.

While respecting your choices, we try to minimize unnecessary medical interventions.

It is also possible to be accompanied by your physiotherapist during labor and delivery.

A custodial gynecologist, pediatrician and anesthesiologist are on site and are available if necessary.

Food Tips

Pregnancy is a unique moment of your life during which diet is of considerable importance!

Combined with a healthy lifestyle, a balanced diet contributes to the smooth running of your pregnancy and contributes to the harmonious development of your baby by covering the nutritional needs that are essential during this period !

It is advisable to continue this particular attention throughout the whole period of breastfeeding.

Some preconceptional tips

  • Consider micronutrient supplements to avoid deficiencies :
    Vit B9 (folic acid), vit. B 12, iron, vit. D, calcium, Iodine...
    This is found in specific foods or can be supplied in the form of vitamin tablets
  • Avoid tobacco, reduce consumption of alcoholic beverages, caffeinated or too sweet beverages
  • Maintain regular physical activity
  • Avoid dieting other than as prescribed by the doctor to avoid nutritional imbalance and deficiencies

Some hygienic and nutritional advice during pregnancy

  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid any alcoholic beverage
  • Reduce coffee consumption (2 to 3 cups per day) or other caffeinated beverages (tea, coca, chocolate ...)
  • Drink at least 1.5 L of water per day
  • Keep a regular physical activity (30 min a day), too intensive sports are not recommended
  • Avoid dieting other than as prescribed by the doctor to avoid imbalance and deficiencies
  • Eat balanced (avoid over-sweet foods and drinks) and distribute meals regularly throughout the day

During pregnancy, it is advisable to supplement your daily diet with vitamins and trace elements (vitamin B9, iron, iodine, vitamin D, calcium, vit B1, B2, B6, B12, vit C)

This is often found in tablets specially designed for pregnant women. There are many brands (pharmacy) and they are often enriched with fatty acids rich in omega 3.

Special precautions if you are not immune to Toxoplasmosis

  • Wash hands before and after touching raw food or after touching soil
  • Wash fruits and vegetables with clean water or peel them to remove any trace of soil
  • Cook vegetables and fruits that have been in contact with soil
  • Regularly clean your refrigerator
  • Thaw food in the refrigerator
  • Please cook meat thoroughly
  • Avoid eating raw or uncooked meat and avoid derivatives of raw meat (sausages, smoked and salted meat ...)
  • Do not handle the litter of a domestic animal (cat) without gloves
  • Avoid close contact with cats

Precautions to avoid Listeriosis

    Avoid consuming food at risk:

  • Soft cheeses (munster, pont lévèque) or cheeses with a floral crust (camembert, brie) and cheeses with raw milk crust
  • Certain meats such as rillette, jelly, pâtés and foie gras
  • Raw or uncooked meat, raw fish and fish products (sushi), smoked fish and raw shellfish
  • Avoid unpasteurized or unsterilized dairy products

Hygienic precautions if you are not immune against Cytomegalovirus

  • Wash your hands with soap after giving care to young children
  • Avoid direct contact with all body secretions from a sick child (saliva, urine, blood, tears, mouth) and wash your hands thoroughly after a risky contact
  • Avoid finding yourself in places at risk (nursery, hospital, ..)


Of course these tips are informative and not exhaustive !

Preparing for Childbirth

There are many activities to prepare you physically for the birth, depending on your approach and your birth plan.

Often you are invited to start physiotherapy sessions.
This can be done individually or in a group.
In general, these sessions start from the 6th month of pregnancy.

There are other types of preparation, such as haptonomy, or sophrology. These often begin earlier in pregnancy, once you feel your baby moving.

Obviously, these types of preparation do not exclude any other informative or physical activities (follow up by a midwife, prenatal classes, aquagym or prenatal yoga, etc.)

The goal is to prepare you for the best and the best for your baby, while respecting your approach and your personal choices.

CHIREC DELTA's Maternity

The births take place at the delivery room of the CHIREC DELTA hospital's maternity, Boulevard du Trimomphe, 201 - 1160 Auderghem
Maternity ward: +32 2 434 82 73-74.

The maternity offers you the opportunity to join several information sessions (maternity, breastfeeding, pain management, meeting with pediatricians, donating ombilical cord blood).

You can get this information on the following link:

It is also possible to download useful documents via this site (registration at the maternity ward, things to bring with you at the maternity ...).

Individual meetings with the midwives of the Chirec Delta maternity ward are also possible, in order to answer to all the questions regarding your personal experience.

  • « Meeting Midwives » 
  • Site Delta: +32 2 434 41 00
  • Site Cavell: +32 2 434 42 40