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Old 31.03.2011, 21:29
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4 months pregnant: advice needed

hello all,
this is a four month pregnant mom. totally new to everything. feeling little isolated.
any advice related to health, precautions to be taken, do's n dont's here in suisse, maternity benefit, insurance benefit, financial benefit , or anything else is really appreciated.
i do not work and my husband presently is on chomage and my insurance is assura.
medical facilities i am aware of.
thank you so much
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Old 31.03.2011, 21:33
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Re: 4 months prgnant: advice needed

I have a friend who has just given birth here and is a member of a mothers group in the area. I'll ask her about them and send you a PM

You might find this helpful too http://www.lausannemom.com/
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Old 31.03.2011, 21:36
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Re: 4 months prgnant: advice needed

Wow, congratulation! Don't panic, it will all pan out. If you are in Nyon anytime, let me know and stop for coffee.
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Old 31.03.2011, 22:02
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

Congratulation!

Look on the forum with the search fonction.

You'll find tons of thread about pregnancy and many I made or jumped in. I am at 3 weeks of THE day, so got a lot of questions during those nine months.


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Old 31.03.2011, 22:04
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

Hello and Congratulations!

I'm 36 weeks pregnant and live in St-Sulpice so not far from you. If you've sorted out your insurance then that is a good start! Have you found an OB/GYN? I have a list of them as well as Pediatricians in the area if you would like it. My Dr is in Morges and speaks English, I've been very happy with him. Have you decided where you will give birth?

I haven't really found anything else to be that difficult, like the pp said Lausanne Mom is a good site so is the Yahoo group Lausanne-kids.

I do pre natal yoga at Edukids in St-Sulpice if you are interested.

Let me know if you need any further info x
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

I was also in your shoes too when I found out I was pregnant and a newcomer to Switzerland. Look for women group in your area specifically a ``Treffpunkt``. In Basel there is a Treffpunkt(meeting point) for every zone for mothers and kids(especially for foreigners). You can get this information from the Social office also. You doctor can also help you if you ask. Mine was helpful. Apart from this, www.babycenter.com is another great place to get you prepare. I was always on the site through out my pregnancies.
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Congratulation!

Look on the forum with the search fonction.

You'll find tons of thread about pregnancy and many I made or jumped in. I am at 3 weeks of THE day, so got a lot of questions during those nine months.


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thanks nil..really useful info
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

LausanneMom.com is a good resource. As is the Moms-in-Vaud Social Network, where you can ask many questions. Also, La Leche League in Nyon and Geneva for Breastfeeding Information and Support. http://suisse-romande.lalecheleague.ch/English.html
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

This is also a great group! Very active and helpful.

http://dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/Ex...&sec=dir&slk=2
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Old 01.04.2011, 17:08
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

It might sound like sarcastic and not useful advice but seriously, sleep and as much as possible.

Preparation wise, the best advice I can give is to take ALL advice with a pinch of salt. Do it your way, you know your body better than anyone else so don't let anyone force you to do something you are not comfortable with. Get connected with as many mum's and baby groups as soon as possible and most importantly, cherish every minute and every kick and squirm (I really miss that).

Good luck and massive congratulations xx
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

Hi and congrats!

Re being insured with Assura - I went through my pregnancy and birth (in a public hospital) with them and had no problems .

A normal, uncomplicated pregnancy is handled separately from your franchise and should be fully covered. As they are one of the insurers who usually expect you to pay up front and reclaim costs from them afterwards, I bundled up my pregnancy-related medical receipts every few months and sent them in - they reimbursed me usually around 3-4 weeks later. (As a precaution, I always made sure the bills had the reason written on them, i.e. pregnancy, that way they don't mistake them for normal illness and count it towards your franchise instead of just reimbursing you.)

I hadn't informed them of my pregnancy (maybe a good idea to do this?) so after they received the first lot of bills from me, they sent me a short questionnaire to fill in about where I planned to give birth etc..

They contributed CHF 100 to the antenatal course I took at the hospital and the only thing I can think of they didn't pay for was the prenatal vitamin tablets. They also didn't cover any costs towards a post-natal exercise course (Rückbildungskurs), as I believe some insurers do.

I agree 100% with everything mimi1981 says above. Really cherish every moment.. I know it's not a fun time for every woman but if you're lucky enough to have an easy pregnancy don't forget to enjoy it - it was somehow a magical time for me!

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They contributed CHF 100 to the antenatal course I took at the hospital and the only thing I can think of they didn't pay for was the prenatal vitamin tablets. They also didn't cover any costs towards a post-natal exercise course (Rückbildungskurs), as I believe some insurers do.
actually doctors here generally do not give you vitamins..but i was taking them at my own... and in my fourth visit to doc she gave me that too...
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

I'm also 4 months along, first time, and got preggers 1 month in after moving to Switzerland so I hear ya! No family around but I have to say this forum has been awesome for finding some key info (found my OB/GYN, some great advice on what hospitals to look at and so many other little tidbits!) And I can second that Nil has a lot of postings on the topic

it's all a new adventure, and there are so many things to be thinking about, but I hope you have a great other half supporting you and one (or both!) of you with support from work. Sounds like you are set with the doctor and vitamins, and I'm sure you have at least got one or two books to read through (I have the typical what to expect type but also really enjoyed reading The Fat Ladies Club as it is a story from 5 ladies who talk about their different experiences - if you want, I'd be happy to send it to you - just PM me your address and I'll pop it in the post!).

If you are going to need to go back to work and find a place to take care of the little one, that is the one thing I have heard from a lot of people to start looking into as soon as possible as many have waiting lists. we are lucky (?) that my hubby hasn't found a job so we plan on him staying home for at least a little while with the little guy so haven't had that on our to do list but I'm starting to think about getting on a couple wait lists anyway just in case.

Hope the first trimester wasn't too hard, and you are feeling better every day into the second - it has been a world of difference for me so whew!

I can't give much advice as I'm just finding my way through all this as well, but if you ever need someone in the same boat to chat with, I'm a PM away! Wish we were closer, but it's possible I may be heading your way for work in a couple months so if that happens maybe we can grab a coffee and enjoy being 6 months together for a little while
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I can't give much advice as I'm just finding my way through all this as well, but if you ever need someone in the same boat to chat with, I'm a PM away! Wish we were closer, but it's possible I may be heading your way for work in a couple months so if that happens maybe we can grab a coffee and enjoy being 6 months together for a little while
sure ..i am taking prenatal yoga classes and plan to get few more at the end...u might like to join ..the classes will not clash with your work timings as they are at 8.15 in the evenning
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

I am now at less than 3 weeks of giving birth for the second time! I can't wait that is over and for good!

I feel like a big whale stuck on her back without being able to turn back on her tummy....
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I am now at less than 3 weeks of giving birth for the second time! I can't wait that is over and for good!

I feel like a big whale stuck on her back without being able to turn back on her tummy....
I hear ya! When are you due? I'm due on May 1st with my second also.
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

My wife reccomends swissmom.ch (mostly German) and newstorktimes.ch (english) for general info
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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

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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Re: 4 months pregnant: advice needed

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'm doing a prenatal course called pan milar, you can look them up. however, i wouldn't reccommend it, i haven't learnt anything and a bit disappointed not to learn anything more than what i've read in books. i now look at the UK NHS pregnancy birth preps and they are much more informative than anything i've found, such as what you can and can't each, as each country is different so i am going with what the NHS says.
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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