As a pregnant woman, how much time are you spending preparing for birth? Are you taking breathing classes? Touring your hospital? Packing a hospital bag? Reading books? What about for breastfeeding? If you're anything like me, you barely prepared at all! Before giving birth I knew I wanted to breastfeed, but I really had no… Continue reading What You Need to Know About Breastfeeding BEFORE Giving Birth
Congratulations! You're pregnant! But you're...in Japan. Now what? Bringing life into the world is intense enough, let alone doing it outside your home country. If you're anything like me, you turned to Google to help you find a caregiver and you probably got the same result as I did...Aiiku Clinic and Dr. Sakamoto! Although this… Continue reading Choosing a Maternity Caregiver in Japan
Caregivers in Japan can be quite conservative compared to other countries. When choosing a caregiver, it is important to do your research early in your pregnancy so you know their policies and what options are available to you (particularly surrounding pain relief) before it's too late to make a change. For more info about how… Continue reading Mom and Baby Friendly Hospitals, Maternity Clinics, and Birth Houses in the Tokyo Area
My birth story is a long one because it begins far before our baby boy was actually born! I went to my last appointment before my due date at 39w2d with Dr. Sen and was told that I was already dilated to 3cm! After hearing that, I knew I should be ready to go into… Continue reading Asahi’s Birth Story in Tokyo!
If you are anything like me, phone apps have become a part of my daily existence. From social media to music, I feel like there is an app for everything these days! (Still waiting to download that contraction tracker app...) During my pregnancy there are a few apps that I've been using a lot so… Continue reading My Favorite Pregnancy Apps!
So I wanted to do another third trimester update since I am officially 38 weeks pregnant today and I know anything can happen anytime! Overall, there are only a few changes to report in my symptoms but I want to record them anyway! Third Trimester (Weeks 35-38) Physical: I've started to feel more tired in the… Continue reading The Third Trimester -Full Term and Face Up?! (Weeks 35-38)
When I first found out I was pregnant in Japan and going to be giving birth in Tokyo, it didn't take long for Aiiku Hospital to come up on my radar. For Tokyo moms wishing to give birth with an English speaking OB and at a hospital that guarantees access to an epidural, Aiiku is… Continue reading Take a look inside Tokyo’s Aiiku Hospital!
Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember but especially as I've gotten older and started to develop my own sense of what I like! I listen to music every time I do a workout, so I thought why not make a playlist to use during labor? I… Continue reading My Labor and Delivery Playlist!
Hi all! I wanted to do a quick third trimester update for weeks 27-35 because I feel like so much has changed since the second trimester! So let's get into it! Third Trimester (Weeks 27-35) Physical: For the majority of my third trimester I've felt pretty good! I've had almost as much energy as my… Continue reading The Third Trimester – Nesting, Braxton Hicks, and Running Out of Clothes! (Weeks 27-35)
So it's official, with a little under 6 weeks to go...I am finally packing my hospital bag! So before I begin this post I just want to let you in on a little known secret about hospitals in Japan: you stay for a long time! I think the average length of stay in the US… Continue reading Packing My Hospital Bag in Japan // SUGGESTIONS VS REALITY