I was an American expat who got knocked up in Dubai. Having a good sense of humor helped me get through the more challenging moments of living in a foreign country when expecting. I talked to other expat moms around the globe and asked them to share their funniest stories about being knocked up abroad.
Sarah Jeanne, Hela Yoga
“As an American married to a Swede living in India for our first pregnancy, we were at a loss for what to expect from the hospitals and birthing culture in India. Taking the prenatal course at Dwi Maternity in Chennai was probably one of the best pregnancy decisions I made. My husband and I were the only non-Indians, and we got to meet local parents to be. In the beginning of the course, we all expressed similar concerns. We were advised to make a birth plan and to be prepared if we had an emergency or needed a Caesarian. But then one of the fathers shared his fears about childbirth: ‘I don’t know why, but I’m afraid my baby will look like a monkey.’ We all fell silent. Not even the instructor had a response to this. Another father asked how soon after child birth his wife would be ready for sex. The instructor answered, ‘Two weeks.’”