So, now it's confirmed that you are pregnant. What was the first thing that came into your mind? Should I have my baby in this country, or should I return home? Well, let's see what you might expect on having your baby in a foreign country.
Who should I see?
No need to rush. In some countries, you may not be able to get your first appointment until you are well into your 4th month of pregnancy. Who should you see? In some countries, you may see only the general practitioner, other countries, maybe just the midwife. In some countries, you see the obstetrician only if you have any complication.
Know the medical system
Whenever you plan to use the medical services of the country you are staying, it is important to find out the medical system of the country. What I mean by medical system is to know how you go about through pregnancy, birth, and afterbirth. In some countries, you may be able to make an appointment with the obstetricians directly. In some countries, you may see the family practitioner throughout the pregnancy, so you would not have to go too far for the routine check up. In some countries, they may not perform the tests within the facility, so you may have to visit the lab to have your tests done. The payment structure may differ; some countries ask you to pay as a package, others may ask to pay each time you visit the doctor.
So each country has a different medical system, so find out.
Prenatal check ups usually consists of once a month for the first 6~7 months, then twice a month for the 8th months, and weekly in your 9th months. In some countries they have frequent ultra sound to check the growth of your baby, and in other countries they may have none. Some countries have pelvic examination at each visit, other countries may not have at all, and another country may have few exams.
It may be difficult in some countries to obtain the kind of food you are used to eating. Ask if there are any substitutes that you can get locally cheaper and more convenient. Some countries may suggest food that the locals had taken for many years and you may want to try it, but never push yourself. Some countries recommend that you try herbal substances. You may also want to check if it has any medical proof to it because it may just be a traditional practice.