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!
Hi everyone! It's taken me up until my third trimester to realize that I haven't really been keeping track of my pregnancy symptoms as I've experienced them. Since I am hoping to have more children in the future, I would like to have somewhat of a write-up so I can compare notes in my next… Continue reading The First Trimester: Acne, FOMO, and Still No Baby Bump!
So...you peed on the stick and it says you're pregnant...now what? I think for most women, their search starts with finding an obstetrician or midwife to look after them during pregnancy. In Japan, you have several options but definitely fewer than the US when it comes to caregivers. This is simply because of the language… Continue reading Come With Me To My OB Appointment in Tokyo