I'm 22 weeks pregnant, in Gent Belgium. I'm from Canada, and spent a good portion of my life in the US. I'm wondering if it's all in my head or if the doctors really do seem different here?
I've been seeing a gyno. since 3 months, but I have to admit I can't stand her. She seems cold, stand off-ish and I seem to spend less than 5 minutes in her office each visit.
I may have always been lucky, but despite the fact that I have had some real health issues in my time and the fact that healthcare is government based in canada, I have always had doctors that took the time to explain certain issues and make you feel safe in their hands.
Less rantingly, is there any difference in hospital care in Belgium vs. Canada/US? As this is my first pregnancy i'm not sure what that would be, but does anyone know what I should be expecting?
I'm also having issues finding clothing and shoes o.O I'm now 23 weeks pregnant, but in Belgium rather than nl. I'm down to one pair of pant's that had been too large pre-pregnancy, and 2 skirts. I'm afraid I won't wear the skirts much longer for fear that I won't be able to shave I had been lucky enough to buy a maternity top from laredoute.be but their very limited supply of maternity doesn't have the best size range. So with a US 18-20 top size and 22-24 pant size I find it much more challenging to find any decent looking pants/skirts.
I know this might seem a bit strange, but I have not been able to find a single dill pickle. I find sweet and sour and or sweet and sour that has then been put in vinager. I miss kosher dill's but the prospect of making and or importing seems extremely expencive and or painful o.O Has anyone been able to find some?
Ice cream- mint chip/maple walnut seems non existant here as does anything that is creamy rather than extra extra sweet. I know some ice creams are now being imported but the variety is lacking. Know any brand that wouldn't taste as though they added a few cups sugar too many?
I've found a couple places here in Gent, so I assume you can find them in most of the same chain shops. The Match has fence-post syrop for an uberly fun price of about €9 per bottle. The Delhaize (spelling?) has real maple syrop for about 5-6 euros, the bottle is smaller, but hey, it's real.
Since the original post was made in 2007, probably not much help, but maybe some new comer will be dieing for something home like. I just miss having poutine...