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Pregnant in Japan: Prenatal Care

Source: Gaijin Pot
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In my last article, I outlined some important questions to ask yourself as you decide to give birth in Japan or back in your home country. Even if you decide to move, you don’t need to leave immediately; you can receive prenatal care in Japan while you work on your plans.

The usual procedure for pregnant women in Japan is to see an OBGYN at a Ladies Clinic, where she will then be referred to recommended hospitals to give birth. Finding the right English speaking OBGYN in Tokyo can be daunting because many offices are extremely busy (despite Japan’s low birth rate) and you have to find a doctor who you feel comfortable with.

It’s true that Japanese doctors have a reputation of being a bit cold and not open to questioning. I certainly found this to be the case with my first OBGYN. I felt nervous every time I saw her, and when I asked her questions, she was very short and impatient. She especially did not like my husband being with me for the check ups. Finally, I had enough and decided that I needed a doctor who would be excited with me.

After some searching, I found Dr. …continue reading

    

Tips When Buying a Bra in Japan

I’m old-fashioned when it comes to bras. I like them in neutral colors and plain designs. No laces, frills and shocking colors. It’s for practical reason. I like wearing well-fitting and light-colored tops. If I wear a colorful bra, it will show through. If I wear a lacy bra, it will make creases on my top. I didn’t realize it’s not easy to find this kind of bra in Japan.

For starters, I didn’t know if I looked at the right place. I visited the Shimamura, Entetsu department store, AEON department store, Don Quijote and Uniqlo. They’re considerably big stores but their bras are too girly- all lace, foams and frills. They’re perfect for those wanting to look nice and cute for their men but that’s not my purpose. I just need a simple, plain, white bra! They have plain walking bras but the material is too light it won’t cover enough what it’s supposed to cover. I don’t know if Japan has a special underwear store or something but I didn’t find what I was looking for in the stores.

After raiding these stores, I went to Entetsu-One supermarket to buy a drink. Lo and behold! It’s where …continue reading