As I’m days away from entering the third trimester in my second pregnancy, both of which have been while living in the Seychelles, I thought I’d write a little bit about what Expat pregnancy in the Seychelles is like!!
So let’s start at the beginning…. You think you might be pregnant and you want to take a test! Where to go?
Well, you can pick up a pregnancy test in a pharmacy. They are pretty small though and if you don’t already know where they are you’ll need to either ask someone or you can go to a doctors!
I’ve never seen a digital test or anything fancy, just really basic ones. I think they cost around 100scr each (about £5)
Once you have found out your pregnant (yay!) then you can get registered for your Antenatal care!
As an expat, you have to pay for the Antenatal package. That costs 5000scr (about £250) the price has been the same for both of my pregnancies, but obviously that could change in the future
This price includes:
All of your Antenatal check ups (monthly from 12-26 weeks pregnant, they then become fortnightly from then until the last few weeks when they are weekly). This includes all your blood tests and the always lovely Glucose test.
All of your scans (12, 20 and 32 weeks as standard but no extra cost if more scans are needed for any reason) *
Dental check up (usually expats pay for the dentist)
*with your scans if you don’t want to know the sex of your baby, be sure to let the sonographer know as they tend to just tell you since everyone here finds out!
Day to day in pregnancy.
I guess is the same wherever you are in the world!
Obviously here, it’s hot, really hot so that can be kinda hard some days. Especially if you’re pregnant in March/April time which is the hottest time of year!
Also there’s not really any maternity clothes around. Shopping here in general is pretty limited. Although I do think that you can get some maternity wear in Victoria on Mahe there’s not a lot of choice like you would expect elsewhere in the world so you might want to get some sent out!!
I’ve always found people to be very friendly and smiley here while I’ve been pregnant. People will always ask if you’re having a boy or a girl. There is a strong gender preference for girls here!
Planning for the birth.
If this is your first baby, or you’re having a Caesarian you have to go to Victoria Hospital on Mahe to deliver.
It is not standard here to do a hospital visit like it is in other places. However you can arrange this if you want to! We did a visit in my first pregnancy, it was quite surreal.
If you don’t live on Mahe, like me, that means sorting out somewhere to stay. Prices of this vary depending on where you choose! We chose a self catering apartment near Beau Vallon. That’s not really close to the hospital but we wanted somewhere nice and quiet and to make a bit of a holiday out of being on Mahe before the baby arrived.
We were also a little cheeky and asked around places if they would consider giving a resident discount. Surprisingly there were lots of places that offered it to us, particularly as we were going there to have a baby!
We were told for a natural birth that we would have to be on Mahe from when I was 37 weeks pregnant. So we booked somewhere to stay from that time for 6 weeks.
In the end it turned out I would have to have a Caesarian because Arthur was breach, so really could have spent less time but that’s the downside of having to book somewhere to stay in advance! For our first baby though, it didn’t matter we could enjoy being in our little bubble before getting back to life!
This time around we know in advance I’ll be having another Caesarian so we can book to stay less time on Mahe. It is more important for us to minimise our time on Mahe as we now have Arthur to think about too and we think it will be easier for him to be in “normal” life as much as possible!!
So all that’s left now is to have your baby!!
I’ll have another post on that soon for you!