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. At first, I hated the idea of staying in the hospital after […]
Inu no Hi – A Shrine Visit for Pregnant Women It is said that 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 to help get her 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.
Pregnancy and Birth in Japan – A Reference Guide 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!
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.”
Pregnancy Pampering- How I Treated Myself Pampering yourself before D-Day seems to be a big thing in the States. It was surprising to me that fashionable Japanese women were discouraged from getting their nails done. And don’t even get me started on waxing.