I recently went to The Very Hungry Caterpillar themed cafe in Ginza. While I had trouble making my way to my exit, it was mild compared to my Shinjuku disaster a few months back. A 30 minute train ride from Shinjuku to my home station turned into a nightmare 3 hour train trip. It was awful! And all because I forgot to bring my baby carrier! I’m sharing my tips so you don’t make the same mistake. Read on…
A semi-follow up to my Japanese food label guide on Best Living Japan, this article is about helping pregnant women and nursing moms stay hydrated while addressing common issues like weight gain, nausea, constipation, and other concerns.
The news in Japan focuses on a few topics: 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, an increase in tourists, and working women and/or getting women back into the workforce. A recent “humorous” Twitter exchange is the reason why I’m writing this piece. Not “humorous” as in “OMG! I’m screaming rn! LMFAO!!!1!” But more along the lines of, “I laugh only because I’ve run out of options.” Here’s the Tweet that started it all:
Birth in Japan – Hospital Stay In Japan, the hospital stay can be anywhere from 4 to 10 days, depending on choice of hospital or birth clinic. Extended days are usually for women who delivered via C-Section or who had a birth with complications. In the case of my birth clinic, I had a 4 day stay. As with my prenatal visits, every thing that would happen throughout my hospital stay was meticulously detailed in my hospital handbook. Daily checkups for baby and me, blood tests, breastfeeding “classes”, baby care “classes”- nearly every hour was scheduled for us.
Inu no Hi – A Shrine Visit for Pregnant Women According to tradition, out of all the animals, dogs have relatively easy and smooth pregnancies. Therefore, on Inu no Hi (戌の日, literally “day of the dog”) Japanese women go to a shrine during the 5th month of pregnancy to pray for aid in getting through the remainder of her pregnancy and to have a safe delivery.
Birth in Japan- Natural or Epidural? Giving birth in the US was never an option for me. Considering the logistics of flying back to the US in my third trimester, finding a hospital which suited me, and returning to Japan with a newborn in tow, but not before taking trip a to the Japanese consulate in Atlanta for documents and applying for baby’s US and Japanese passports, I figured it would be wise to take care if everything in Tokyo.
Being pregnant is a life-changing event. Being pregnant abroad is certainly nerve-racking. Please use this simple guide to help you navigate the very basics of being pregnant in Japan.
This master post features all major ceremonial milestones for pregnant women and babies in Japan. A majority of these milestones have Shinto roots and are an important part of Japanese culture. The most recent event is listed first.
A quick reference guide to navigating your pregnancy and birth in Japan. Or, if you’re curious to know what it’s like being pregnant and giving birth abroad, please read about my experience! Pregnant in Japan Pregnancy Pampering- How I Treated Myself Pregnant in Japan- The Basics Birth in Japan Natural or Epidural? – Birth in Japan My Birth Story – Birth in Japan My Hospital Stay – Birth in Japan Like what you just read? Like Baby Kaiju on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, or sign up for e-mail updates!
Post Pregnancy Weight Loss I don’t want to say “post-baby body” because it’s still the same body. I didn’t switch bodies or upgrade any of my parts. It’s still the same body, technically, but it’s changed. I understand now when moms say, “This body birthed a baby.”