If you are considering enrolling your child in a public Japanese daycare from April, you’ll want to start planning ASAP as applications go out in October. The dates and process vary from municipality to municipality, but it’s best to get a head start. If you want to know what to expect, read on!
Category: Pregnancy & Birth In Japan
Filed under #SSDD: Maternity leave and the “pregnancy rota” of the Japanese workplace are in the news again. I figured I’d add my 2 yen on the debate. After all, I discovered that I was pregnant a day after starting my new (and current) school.
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.
Giving birth in the US was never an option for me. I carefully considered the logistics of flying back to the US in my third trimester and finding a hospital which suited me. But, it just seemed impossible.
According to tradition, out of all the animals, dogs have relatively easy and smooth pregnancies…Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “lucky dog,” doesn’t it? Therefore, on Inu no Hi (戌の日, literally “day of the dog”) Japanese women go to a shrine or temple during the 5th month of pregnancy. They pray for aid in getting through the remainder of the pregnancy and to have a safe delivery.
Being pregnant is a life-changing event. Being pregnant abroad is certainly nerve-racking, especially when you have to deal with linguistic and cultural barriers. Here’s a simple guide to help you navigate the very basics of being pregnant in Japan.
The streets and train stations of Tokyo, especially central Tokyo, are not exactly baby/child friendly. Finding a seat on a train or bus when you’re pregnant is tough. And if you’re pregnant and have a little one in tow, or are getting from A to B with several little ones, good luck to ya! Here are my tried and tested tips for getting around Tokyo.
As if we haven’t heard enough from our doctors and nosy busybodies, we all know that staying hydrated is key when you’re pregnant or nursing (or when you’re pregnant and nursing!).