Last Thursday, I went to the Tokyo Pregnancy Group Meeting as their speaker for the day. It was a Q&A session and some of the ladies had prepared some questions for me. I always thoroughly enjoy attending TPG meetings as it’s great to see so many happy mums-to-be and their bumps. I always leave feeling energised and positive!
I thought it would be a good idea for this post to list some of the questions the ladies asked me. I won’t attempt to answer them all on here but will try and focus on some of them in upcoming blog posts. They are all good questions for mums-to-be to think about and research and I’m always happy to answer any questions directly if anyone wants to contact me 🙂
Anyway, here are some of the questions:
1.) Cloth diapers…. where to start, how to choose, what to know, how to clean, benefits of styles, where to buy, when to buy, help!
2.) Breast feeding and Breast pumps…. what to expect, what’s normal, and Hand express vs manual pump vs electric, pros and cons of each. Benefits of breastfeeding past 6 months old
3.) Baby wearing…. how to know what wraps/buckles/slings are best for babies hips/development, pros and cons of some styles
4.) Co-sleeping…. what are the benefits
5.) Things to bring to the hospital/birth clinic/birth house
6.) Things you should have ready before baby comes home
7.) Registering your baby, documents, paper work that needs to be done after giving birth
8.) Registering for maternity taxies, should we register for more than one company? How about taxies with car seats for the way home?
9.) Is swaddling safe/good for babies? I heard it can be difficult to tell when they are hungry and miss cues as there little hands and mouths tell us a lot
10.) What is the ideal weight gain in each trimester? How to effectively manage the body weight throughout the whole pregnancy?
11.) What kind of exercises are suggested and what exercises are forbidden during the pregnancy?
12.) What kind of food or drink we should say “NO” to during the pregnancy?
13.) When shall we start wearing maternity clothes? Any suggestion in choosing the right maternity wear?
14.) Suggestions for what to bring for hospital stay
15.) Best practices during the first week / month home with the baby (tips that worked well for her)
16.) What are the common practices for supplementing breast milk with formula in Japanese hospitals?
17.) What should we expect during our hospital stay? What kind of schedule will the baby keep, does the baby sleep in room, do they enforce scheduled feedings for the baby, how hands-on are the midwives, etc?