Before Asahi was born, I struggled to figure out how many clothes I would need and in what sizes. A lot of styles popular for newborns in Japan didn't seem very convenient to me, so I didn't want to run out of the sleepers and onesies I am used to! Of course, you never know… Continue reading What Should My Newborn Wear?! Clothing Recommendations for the First Two Months
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
Maintaining your fitness during pregnancy can be a daunting task, especially when up against morning sickness, constant fatigue, and feeling like you are fighting an uphill battle with your growing baby bump! However, since I am planning an unmedicated vaginal delivery (fingers crossed!) I felt like I needed to be as physically prepared for the… Continue reading My Pregnancy At-Home Fitness Routine!
As is the case for most women, entering my second trimester was a great relief from all the trials and tribulations of the first! Read on to find out a little more about my physical and emotional symptoms during weeks 14 - 26! Second Trimester (Weeks 14 - 26) Physical: As I entered the second trimester,… Continue reading The Second Trimester – Dizzy Spells, Sciatica, and Extra Energy!