Bun In The Oven? Being Pregnant In Ho Chi Minh | KIDS
Hey mom-to-be! Looking forward to the new addition to your family? To make this transition as smooth as possible, some preparation is vital. Let’s talk about all those things you were dying to know (and sometimes were afraid to ask) about having a baby in Ho Chi Minh. Hospitals, exercise, buying baby stuff…the works!
Preparing: Medical Care and Prenatal Classes
That pregnancy test was an easy one, you can get them at every drugstore in Saigon. But then what?
When you’re having a baby in Ho Chi Minh, your first medical check-up is generally planned when you’re around 6-8 weeks pregnant. There are several great gynecologists in Ho Chi Minh City, most medical clinics can help you find the right one. Note that your gynecologist will guide you through this whole bump to baby journey; he or she will do all your check-ups as well as the delivery. You should get monthly or bi-monthly check-ups, often with an ultra sound. Make sure to mention if you don’t want to know the sex of the baby, otherwise they will be hanging the pink or blue banners before you know it.
Prenatal classes in Saigon
It’s improving, but the number of prenatal classes being offered in Saigon could use still use a push so to say. We love the Simba group, set up by the Family Medical Practice. They offer prenatal information and baby classes when your star has been born. Mandala organizes monthly meet-ups for expecting moms as well as frequent birth workshops. Great info and even better, you get to meet other preggies and new mommies. Another option to stay fit while being pregnant is the aquabiking class in district 2. Last but not least, visit Jiva Yoga Studio when you’re having a baby in Ho Chi Minh, but want to keep exercising. Jiva has irregular yoga classes for pregnant women, best to check with them in advance. Can’t get too zen at this point, trust us!
Where to have your baby: the best hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City
There’s no shortage of medical practices in Ho Chi Minh City, but when you’re having a baby, you should feel comfortable and confident about where you’re giving birth. So make sure you and you’re partner check out the options. FV Hospital comes recommended, for the great reputation of the doctors and the good service. Hanh Phuc Hospital is also a good one. This hospital specializes in women and children care. It provides good service and better rates than some other hospitals. The doctors are Vietnamese as well as international. Keep in mind that not all mid-wives might speak adequate English.
When you’re meeting with the hospital, it’s good to mention to the hospital if your insurance will cover the expenses or not. Some hospitals offer reduced rates if you’re not covered.
Buying Baby items in Ho Chi Minh City
It’s a good thing you have about 9 months, because man, these little people need a ton of stuff. Or is it just that all that baby gear is too cute to be true and we can’t help ourselves? Luckily, UK based Mothercare has a wide range of baby equipment and can be found at several localions in HCMC (Crescent Mall in D7, Estella Place in D2, Takashimaya, D1). Con Cung is also a good place to satisfy your nesting instinct. More baby gear can be found above An Phu supermarket at Happy Kids Saigon, a small store with surprisingly many baby items. Also check out the Facebook groups in Saigon, some are specialized in babies and kids. You can buy the best pre-loved items there and ask for all the baby stuff you can’t find elsewhere. Looking for swim diapers or re-usable diapers? Check the website Alvababy, they ship to Vietnam as well.
Book it now: the babymoon
Yep, we are adding a new word to your vocabulary; babymoon! Because travelling will probably not be on your agenda for a while after your little bundle of joy has arrived. Perhaps you won’t feel like it anyway, but all the paperwork you need to arrange first to take little bubba anywhere will take a while. So this is your moment. Go for these great destinations nearby where you and your partner can sleep in and relax to the max. Or hop on the plane to Singapore or Hong Kong where you can combine chilling with some final shopping, for example for those pregnancy clothes that are such a hard find here.