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Pregnancy is a time of anticipation, excitement, preparation, and, for many new parents, uncertainty. The nine months of pregnancy will give you time to have your questions answered, calm your fears, and prepare yourself for the realities of parenthood. This section contains some guidelines to help you with the most important of these preparations.




It doesn’t take long to develop the confidence and calm of an experienced parent. Your baby will give you the most important information—how she likes to be treated, talked to, held, and comforted. This section address the most common questions and concerns that arise during the first months of life.




Your child is advancing from infancy toward and into the preschool years. During this time, his physical growth and motor development will slow, but you can expect to see some tremendous intellectual, social, and emotional changes.




Before you know it, your child has turned four and then five years old. You may find that your somewhat calm child of three has now become a dynamo of energy, drive, bossiness, belligerence, and generally out-of-bounds behavior.




Your child should feel confident in her ability to meet the challenges in her life. This sense of personal power evolves from having successful life experiences in solving problems independently, being creative and getting results for her efforts.




Adolescence can be a challenge for parents. Your youngster may at times be a source of frustration and exasperation, not to mention financial stress. But these years also bring many, many moments of joy, pride, laughter and closeness.


Young adult


A young adult who goes away to a college or a job far from home has to build a social support system from the ground up. At the same time, he may have to acclimate himself to a drastically different environment.

Live in Shanghai - Healthcare tips


Shanghai BundIf you travel to Shanghai over several time zones from a Western country, you are almost certain to experience jet lag. Jet lag is a condition where the body clock is out of sync with the destination time, as it experiences daylight and darkness contrary to its normal routines. To the degree that the body cannot immediately adjust to the new rhythms, it is jet lagged. Everyone’s adjustment period is different, and time will inevitably cure it. However, it can be uncomfortable and a serious annoyance, considering that you are busy getting settled and trying to adjust to a completely new environment. Symptoms can include digestive problems, headaches, fatigue, irregular sleep patterns, temporary insomnia and irritability.

The speed at which the body adjusts to the new schedule depends on the individual; some people may require several days to adjust to a new time zone, while others experience little disruption. Sinoaid Shanghai does not recommend pharmaceutical remedies such as melatonin, which have not been proven to work. Instead, they advise, force yourself into the new sleeping rhythm right away by fighting through the urge to nap in the afternoon, and avoid excessive alcohol consumption. Exercise in the morning and evening will induce relaxing sleep and kick your body clock into gear faster.


Only drink bottled water in Shanghai. According to government sources, water testing has registered bacteria and high metal content. Infrastructure projects are underway to purify tap water and render it drinkable by 2010, but be safe by sticking to bottled water, which is available everywhere and inexpensive. Restaurants and bars normally use purified ice cubes in drinks, but don’t hesitate to ask anyway. Many expats brush their teeth in tap water, but to be on the safe side, you may want to use bottled water for this when you first arrive.


In a vast country with varying standards of sanitation and enforcement, Shanghai is known throughout China for serving the cleanest food. Most restaurants and supermarkets, especially those that cater to expats, look and feel sanitary. The longer you are in Shanghai, the more adventurous you can be with eating out. Local inspectors increasingly visit popular restaurants to ensure they are up to standard. Nonetheless, you may have minor digestion problems during the first few weeks. This is normally no cause for alarm, as the body has to adjust to foreign bacteria. The diarrhoea is usually mild and resolves spontaneously, and symptoms can usually be controlled with over-the-counter medication. With moderate symptoms, Pepto-Bismol alone may suffice. Alternatively, antidiarrhoeal agents such as diphenoxylate and atropine (Lomotil) or loperamide (Imodium) can be administered. Avoid taking antibiotics unless the problem is severe and persistent.

Health Care

Generally health care in Shanghai is good and facilities continue to improve. Most expats use one of the Western-oriented facilities. Consult with your doctor at home and your insurance company, as well as with friends and colleagues, in order to determine which facility best serves your family’s needs. Each expatriate community has its own services available locally. The range of these services is generally proportionate to the size of the community. Shanghai also offers a world class range of traditional Chinese medical treatments (TCM) that offer an interesting alternative to Western medicine. Whilst your regular doctor may treat these treatments with disdain, many Westerners swear by their effectiveness.  One of the most popular and ubiquitous services on offer is massage. Traditional Chinese massage clinics are everywhere and vary greatly in price and quality. Some will have staff that are professionally trained while others will not. Many of these clinics will offer TCM services such as cupping and aroma therapy as well as grooming of hands and feet.


If it is safe to move the injured or sick person, it is usually best to find the fastest way to the hospital on your own, by private car or by taxi. For this reason, carry a card with the name and address of your hospital of choice in both English and Chinese. Ambulance times are slow because Shanghai traffic does not yield to emergency vehicles. An ambulance will merely take you to the nearest hospital, not to the hospital of your choice. To call an ambulance, dial 120. Don’t count on the operator speaking English. It is advisable to learn a few key phrases, particularly your own address and the name of your hospital. Another option is to call Sinoaid which has 24 hour Medical Consultation hotline at 021-5108 2260. For more information regarding about “How to face to the emergency in Shanghai?”, please read the article Medical Emergencies in Shanghai


Most kinds of medicine can be purchased over the counter in Shanghai, including many that would require a prescription in the West. Nonetheless, bring a prescription from your GP for antibiotics or more serious drugs. Chinese pharmacists may suggest Chinese medicine for your ailment. This is certainly worth a try and will not hurt you, particularly if the medication is herbal. There are pharmacies throughout the city, and many are open 24 hours. Do not count on English being spoken; prepare a Chinese translation of the chemical or pharmaceutical you need. Western hospitals have their own pharmacies that carry a much wider selection of Western medicine, but they normally require a doctor’s visit.

Health Preparations

The following are recommendations from the American Consulate General Shanghai’s Health Unit on how to better prepare for a safe stay in China.

  • Ensure that all preexisting medical or dental problems are attended to prior to arrival.
  • Bring copies of medical and immunization records.
  • If taking routine medication, bring an adequate supply, as many Western medications are not available locally.
  • If applicable, bring an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses and a copy of the prescription.
  • Similarly, prescription medication you need should be brought with you, as not all medication can be found in Shanghai.
  • The law requires import certificates to accompany any medication that you send into the country (via a shipment, for example), although local health professionals say that it is rare for a customs officer to ask for them. Medication that you carry with you does not fall into this category, but you should carry a copy of the prescription to be safe.
  • Study health insurance plans carefully. Ensure that the insurance covers overseas travel. Medicare, for example, does not cover health costs for US citizens who are travelling or living outside the US. It’s important to know who will pay the expenses if an emergency medical evacuation from China becomes necessary. It is not uncommon for an emergency medical evacuation to Europe or the United States to cost a private citizen as much as USD40,000-80,000 if a special plane has to be used. All visitors should get all recommended immunizations prior to coming to Shanghai. There is a very limited supply of imported vaccines available at the health care facilities that cater to expatriates, and availability is inconsistent. Before travel, contact a family doctor or one of the travel medicine centers to be found in most major cities and inquire about the needed vaccines.

Do this at least four weeks prior to travel so that the vaccinations have time to take effect.

Health Insurance

There are choices, and it’s best to do some research and make arrangements before you arrive in Shanghai. On one end, you can plan on seeking treatment at local hospitals. These can be very inexpensive, and will be paid out of your pocket. Expat doctors say that while local hospital care is adequate for certain health issues, it might not provide the standard of care you would expect in a Western medical establishment.

Conditions vary, as does the standard of English spoken by doctors and administrators. On the other end, you have deluxe expat worldwide insurance coverage for you and your family. They pay the rate charged at expat hospitals for Western-style medical coverage, and can provide maternity, dental and outpatient services for you and your family. This is the most desirable option for most expats. When you relocate here as part of a corporate package, you should get a clear statement of what is included in your medical coverage. Follow up by consulting your doctor, particularly if you need specialized care, and research supplementary options. Rates vary dramatically based on your personal situation and the type of insurance you need.

For free quotes, you can call Sinoaid Service Line at 021-51082260. Dental insurance policies are also available, often as an add-on to medical insurance policies, but they can be very expensive. Check carefully what the policy covers, particularly with regard to routine work such as examinations, X-rays and dental hygiene services. Also, If you need any assistance of Direct Billing issue of your Healthcare Insurance Plan, you may need call our Shanghai Medical Assistance hotline at 021-5108 2260.

Health Certificate

In order to get a Residence Permit, all foreigners must apply for a Health Certificate at a government-appointed Health Check Centre. Shanghai International Travel Healthcare Center is on 1701 Hami Lu. Office hours for physical examination and verification for foreigners are Monday to Friday, 8.30-11am, 1-4pm (6268 7606). The physical examination includes a general check-up, blood pressure and pulse reading, height and weight measurements, ICG, chest X-ray and AIDS and syphilis tests. It usually takes seven working days to process the Health Certificate. The required documents are: 

  1. Your passport and four recent passport photos 
  2. Health Certificate Application Form 
  3. Copy of your employer’s Business Registration Certificate
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