Jul 18, 2014

Survey for TPG Members - Healthcare in Japan

A previous TPG member is working on a team doing research to develop an electronic version of the boshi techo (Mother Child Health Handbook given to pregnant mothers at the ward office). They would like to understand foreign women's perspectives and experiences with health care in Japan.

If you could take a moment to fill in the survey about your health care experiences here, they would be very grateful. This will help them to ensure that they are able to capture the needs of foreign women when they design the materials. If you have questions, please feel free to email me (LPitarys@gmail.com).

Thank you!


Due to Kate personal reason, the meeting below is cancelled and will be rescheduled during august.
Sorry about inconvenience.

Speaker: Kate Neath, Mama and Baby Gourou in Japan!

Topics: Guided Tour of Mama and baby products in Akachan Honpo

Location:  Exact location is emailed to members

Time:        11:00-12:30

If you wish to attend, please contact us at tokyopregnancygroup@gmail.com

Jul 4, 2014

Article about postpartum depression

Postpartum depression affects 10 – 15% of mothers and is therefore not uncommon and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, the postpartum blues affects up to 80% of new mothers. The postpartum or baby blues are very normal and usually involve a feeling of irritability and disinterested. However, when this lasts for more than a few days to a week, it’s important to raise the issue with your doctor as it may be postpartum depression or postpartum major depression. This is when the normal baby blues develop into something more serious. You may become anxious, have trouble sleeping or – in extreme cases – be suffering from suicidal thoughts, in which case, you must seek help immediately.
Postpartum depression is thought to be caused by the changes in hormones and chemicals within the brain brought on my pregnancy and birth of your baby. However, this is one of many theories. Statistically, you’re more likely to suffer from postpartum depression if you’ve suffered from depression in the past, for example, during your pregnancy, or if depression runs in your family. Fortunately, it’s easily treatable with a combination of antidepressants and psychotherapy.

If you’re displaying the signs of postpartum depression, this article has more on the symptoms and possible treatments, as well as possible explanations for your condition.

Jul 2, 2014


Speaker: Laura Moffett, TPG member

Topics: Baby massage and how to bond with your baby

Location:  Exact location is emailed to members

Please contact us at tokyopregnancygroup@gmail.com if you wish to attend.


Jun 18, 2014

NEXT TPG MEETING: June 26th, Thursday

Speaker: Megumi Hirasawa, Teacher at Yoga tree and Furla Yoga https://yoga.furla.co.jp/?

Topics: Pre-Natal Yoga trial class limited to only 10 TPG members!

Location:  Exact location is emailed to members

Time:        15:00-16:00 *exceptional time

If you wish to apply, contact us at tokyopregnancygroup@gmail.com

Jun 16, 2014

HealthyIM: English Speaking Hospital in Japan

 HealthyIM.com/en/ is the biggest website (over 200,000 medical facilities) that allows you to search for hospitals in Asia for free. 

You can specifically search for English speaking hospitals in Japan and review them. 
The database has over 700 English speaking hospitals in Japan!

HealthyIM have been around for about a year, 

but there aren’t yet many reviews from expat mothers who have experienced prenatal care, 
childbirth and small children in Japan. 

If TPG members have any feedback about how to improve the site to facilitate expat mothers in Tokyo even better, please let them know by contacting them. 

Jun 10, 2014

Prenatal Yoga at FURLA yoga

Join Meg's Prenatal Yoga classes in English at FURLA yoga every Monday from 1:00-2:30 pm.

This class helps mothers-to-be develop strength, flexibility, and focus to prepare for birth. Through the practice of asana (poses) and breathing, we nurture the body’s needs and attend to its changes throughout pregnancy. A yoga practice to increase awareness and create trust in the body’s ancient wisdom to engage in the power of labor.

You may begin Prenatal Yoga classes after the 14th week of your pregnancy, and may practice as long as you feel well. Some students come to class on their due date! No prior yoga experience necessary.

FURLA yoga offers a convenient online registration system, as classes are limited to 10 participants. You may also join class without a reservation (in case of a full class, reserved students have priority). See our website for details, reservations, fees and directions. FURLA yoga is located steps away from Omotesando Station, on the 4th floor of the FURLA Aoyama Boutique.


Jun 5, 2014

"One Born every minute": a US Maternity Drama to check on Youtube!

NEXT TPG Meeting: June 12th, Thursday

Speaker: Chiaki from Meadow Acupuncture and Aromatherapy Center.

Topics: Acupuncture in pregnancy and after childbirth / Self massage practice for swollen face, feet and lower back pain. Chiaki will also simply explain the mechanism of swollen muscles and bone,.If someone would like to 'model', she'll be more thank happy to demonstrate how it works!

Location:  Exact location is emailed to members

Time:        11:00-13:00

Baby goods rental in Japan





ONLY in Japanese(or find a japanese friend to help you:))))