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Old 03.04.2011, 22:26
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

so nice of you of taking so much time to tell so many good things..i have a doubt ...may be silly
do i have to inform the commune about my pregnancy??

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Congratulations - this is really great news. What helped me the most was aqua yoga. The calm movements in the water makes you feel the weight less, especially in the later stage. Besides that I also went to "my" hospital and had a pre-talk with the midwife and nurses. The idea is to get to know better environment, team and - very important - to place special needs or wishes before, during and after the birthing process. I personally think it's a very special time for a woman, so why not make the best of it.

Also you can ask questions you have. One thing for example that I did not know was that clothes are provided for little one. It's of course a very small information, but one thing you can tick from your to do list, which is quite long (well at least in my case).

Regarding household: get as organized as possible, because you will not have a minute to spare later on. Let the flat clean or do it yourself, stock up the pantry - nutritious and filling is the concept here. Breastfeeding sucks up quite some energy.

Don't buy too many clothes. They really grow so fast. A basic set is enough.

According to http://www.hirslandenbaby.ch/en/baby...cfm?changeLng=

A complete baby wardrobe should contain at least the following items of clothing:

- 6 to 8 bodysuits (short-sleeve and long-sleeve)
- 3 to 4 clothes sets (romper suit, trousers, pullover or t-shirt)
- 1 jacket
- 4 pyjama suits
- 4 pairs of socks and tights
- 1 pair of slippers
- 1 pair of mittens
- 1 scarf or sun hat

Joining mama-baby groups is also important, so you feel connected and always have a friend for a stroll with your little one.

Enjoy every second - it's so special. And they grow up so unbelievable fast.
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Old 03.04.2011, 22:28
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

just waiting for my tummy to grow little more so i look like a pregnant woman .
we will also be going for that birth preperation course in CHUV . i have heard it is really good. both my husband and me will be attending.


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hi, i am also pregnant, 5.5 months in Lausanne so if you want to meet up just send me a PM and we can maybe get some others interested and do an event for lausanne mums to be.

i work mon-fri so am only free after 6pm during the week, so let me know we can meet for coffee, i would like to meet others also just haven't had the chance as i work and most the meetings for mums are during the day
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Old 03.04.2011, 22:47
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Don't buy too many clothes. They really grow so fast. A basic set is enough.

According to http://www.hirslandenbaby.ch/en/baby...cfm?changeLng=

A complete baby wardrobe should contain at least the following items of clothing:

- 6 to 8 bodysuits (short-sleeve and long-sleeve)
- 3 to 4 clothes sets (romper suit, trousers, pullover or t-shirt)
- 1 jacket
- 4 pyjama suits
- 4 pairs of socks and tights
- 1 pair of slippers
- 1 pair of mittens
- 1 scarf or sun hat
Actually, this would be the bare minimum for kids born in summer, double it, more likely. All it takes a little regurgitation and coat goes to the washer, so does the sweater and often mittens. We went through 3 pairs of pjs sometimes per night. So it depends on your life style and preferences. I prioritized being outside with my baby, so I think I had a double of what was posted above. I never bought any brand names, used and hand-me downs, so the cash was saved, for toys and nice baby furniture. I also sewed and knitted, so it does not have to be expensive, but I wouldn't rely on such list at all. Unless you really want to do that load or two of laundry a day. It's more fun to go for walks and walk off the pregnancy podge, isn't it, I went 2-3 times a day and had a tremendously happy sleeper..Calm routine. Better than stress over baby clothes unavailable.
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Old 04.04.2011, 17:39
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so nice of you of taking so much time to tell so many good things..i have a doubt ...may be silly
do i have to inform the commune about my pregnancy??
In my case the hospital did the necessary paper work.

The hospital though requires you to bring some documents. Please check before the big day
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Old 04.04.2011, 19:42
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According to http://www.hirslandenbaby.ch/en/baby...cfm?changeLng=

A complete baby wardrobe should contain at least the following items of clothing:

- 6 to 8 bodysuits (short-sleeve and long-sleeve)
- 3 to 4 clothes sets (romper suit, trousers, pullover or t-shirt)
- 1 jacket
- 4 pyjama suits
- 4 pairs of socks and tights
- 1 pair of slippers
- 1 pair of mittens
- 1 scarf or sun hat
You might consider adding some baby "gowns" to the list. In the US you can find them for newborns. These garments fit snugly enough around baby's body to keep him warm at night, and they have elastic around the bottom of the gown below baby's feet. I found these much easier to pop up for middle of the night diaper changings rather than fumbling with the snaps of suits. Maybe they are available in Switzerland as well.

I definitely agree that this list seems very short - I would have more on hand lest you find yourself running laundry when you would like to be enjoying a well-deserved nap!

Congrats!
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

With first baby and everything, you'll probably want brand new stuff. But for cheap second hand baby stuff, check out the 'trocs' in your area. There is one in Preverenges on the 9.4 at the Salle Polyvalente. I have picked up some really useful, cheap and good quality stuff for babies there.
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

Hi Aout07 & Dunroaming! Congratulations!
Hope I can join you guys when you meet up...I'm 4.5months pregnant (also w/ Assura) and working so I can't join the usual meet-ups early in the afternoon Have you found a creche? I've heard so many horror stories about the waiting lists and fees (if private) so I've also been hoping to find mums who'd consider sharing a maman du jour.
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Old 04.04.2011, 20:22
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Hi Aout07 & Dunroaming! Congratulations!
Hope I can join you guys when you meet up...I'm 4.5months pregnant (also w/ Assura) and working so I can't join the usual meet-ups early in the afternoon Have you found a creche? I've heard so many horror stories about the waiting lists and fees (if private) so I've also been hoping to find mums who'd consider sharing a maman du jour.
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The fees are more likely the same, private or public. Unless you go for a special, elite private. Even regular private creches are registered and distribute places with local commune register, so the same fee/waiting list apply. Very special private ones (Montesorri, etc.) have their own fees and you even have to pay to get onto the waiting list. The easiest is not sharing the maman du jour (they are hard to come by and wouldn't probably want to be limited just to your couple of babies), but get registered with the commune now.
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Old 04.04.2011, 20:29
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The fees are more likely the same, private or public. Unless you go for a special, elite private.
Well, the thing is public daycares charge you according to your income. So yes, if you have a very big monthly income (more than 15K/month), you'll pay the same wether you go public or private.

But for the 'low middle-class' people like me, there is a HUGE difference I could never afford a private daycare, even if their waiting list is shorter.

I'm 34 weeks pregnant in Lausanne, so if you want to meet up, don't hesitate to pm me!
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

not started the shopping yet..yes everything has to be brought new....some stuff must be coming from home ..so will sort out all in third trimester..now a days browsing all the baby stores and having fun..also waiting to know who is goin to arrive...a prince or a princess

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With first baby and everything, you'll probably want brand new stuff. But for cheap second hand baby stuff, check out the 'trocs' in your area. There is one in Preverenges on the 9.4 at the Salle Polyvalente. I have picked up some really useful, cheap and good quality stuff for babies there.
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

i am not currently working so do not need a creche...but have heard the stories. ..have a neighbour who have registered to various places when she was 4 month pregnant and did not get one yet..her baby is now 6 months


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Hi Aout07 & Dunroaming! Congratulations!
Hope I can join you guys when you meet up...I'm 4.5months pregnant (also w/ Assura) and working so I can't join the usual meet-ups early in the afternoon Have you found a creche? I've heard so many horror stories about the waiting lists and fees (if private) so I've also been hoping to find mums who'd consider sharing a maman du jour.
Cheers
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Old 04.04.2011, 21:40
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

Here an older post of mine on the thread After birth tips started by NIL.

After Birth help and tips

I managed as following:

- Depending on how long you stay in the hospital, you are entitled to 10 days help of a midwife. E.g. 6 days hospital, 4 days at home, 3 days hospital, 7 days home.

- Ask your insurance if you receive "Haushaltshilfe", as such they can pay a certain amount towards help in the household. I also organized a cleaning lady, because I completely hate it when the flat is a mess.

- Food: yes I did cook some very nutritious things and froze it. My little one was really active and slept only in my arms (screamed at the very second when being in the crib), as a result I spend some days without eating anything, just because I could not do anything in the kitchen. This was a real problem.

- It also helps a lot if someone can watch over elder siblings. Or just go out with them once in a while.

- Most important thing: Involve hubby.

Besides those generic tips, I just survived and took it day by day.

* * *

By the way only walking will not put you in shape. It takes a little bit more. my midwife gave me some exercises taken from After birth Pilates. One two three and your tummy is gone - with only 15min. each day of exercise.
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

Can you please post a picture? I'm also interested, but never heard about it or seen one.

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You might consider adding some baby "gowns" to the list. In the US you can find them for newborns. These garments fit snugly enough around baby's body to keep him warm at night, and they have elastic around the bottom of the gown below baby's feet. I found these much easier to pop up for middle of the night diaper changings rather than fumbling with the snaps of suits. Maybe they are available in Switzerland as well.

I definitely agree that this list seems very short - I would have more on hand lest you find yourself running laundry when you would like to be enjoying a well-deserved nap!

Congrats!
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

Hi Ladies,

Can I join you? I only moved to Lausanne last week and am 9 weeks pregnant with my first baby.
I am not working as we are here with hubbys job.
Would love to meet for a chat.
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

First, congratulations! My wife have just gave birth to our daughter here in Lausanne, and I can attest that the facilities here is fantastic. It is just as good, if not better than Australia, where she gave birth to our son.

The first step is to find a good, English speaking OB/GYN. Lausannemoms provide some good contacts. He/she will be your guide throughout the pregnancy. I found that here they like to do ultrasounds and blood tests a lot, but that's just to make sure the baby is okay.

The second is to go out whenever possible. Take long walks in many excellent parks in Lausanne. Our favourite is Denantou Park, which is not far from Musee Olympique and Ouchy. Talk to other moms and families and make sure you are not isolated.

Once again congratulations! Please PM us if you want to meet up over a cup of coffee or a stroll in the park.
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Can you please post a picture? I'm also interested, but never heard about it or seen one.

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Sorry - my Newbie-ness is showing; I could only get the link put up instead of the actual photo.

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They're really cute and so practical with nightly nappy changing. I will buy one for my next little one.

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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

great info arman..my husband actually supports a lot..that is the only good thing in staying away from family...
great tip below..i am definitely going to ask you once i am at that stage..
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

we would love to have a newgirl whenever we plan a meet
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Hi Ladies,

Can I join you? I only moved to Lausanne last week and am 9 weeks pregnant with my first baby.
I am not working as we are here with hubbys job.
Would love to meet for a chat.
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

aout07 we missed you at yoga tonight!

I was going to get one of those gowns as they look really sweet and convenient but then I remembered that I am most likely going to swaddle my baby like I did with my Son so it kind of makes it a little redundant. Just something to think about.
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