Tagged: pregnant 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.