Being an expat mom
Being an expat mom means you will probably live far away from your extended family and that you will probably miss them more than usual in times of giving birth. One of the most important things, at least for me was, when I became a mother is that I wish I had support from my own family members, but we live now in different countries and it is not always possible for them to come and visit.
Being an expat mom can be hard
Becoming a mom is hard by itself in many ways, but becoming a mom in a foreign country can be much harder for some women.
My husband is Turkish, so his family was right there with much-needed support and I am very thankful for it. My mother in law came to Istanbul, where we lived at a time, from Ankara and stayed with us for about 10 days, which was so great! I was a first-time mom and was clueless about most of the things concerning newborns. Also, my cousin came and stayed with us for some time, which was also a big relief for me, as there was someone who truly “knew” me 🙂 So here in Turkey, if you have that luck that your husband’s family is here, then you will not be left alone, for sure.
Accept the help
Mothers in a law, aunts, grandmothers in Turkey are usually willing and stay with you for some time and help you with the baby. You will be taken care of, if you let them, of course.
Then there is another type of expat moms. The ones where both mother and father are expats and without any extended family members in the country. I don’t have that experience, but can only assume it can be really hard!
Expat moms can help each other
Actually, that is one of the reasons why I started this blog. We can give support to each other, make food, help with a baby and be much-needed support for expat moms in those hard times. In today’s world, there is no need that anyone feels left alone. We are here for each other, we can make long lasting relationships and become a family for each other.
I truly hope more expat women will connect and make living in this wonderful country better.
Please, share your thoughts on this subject in the comment box bellow or contact me directly. How was your experience of becoming an expat mom? Was it hard, did your family come and help you or local people jumped in? You can write your own experience and share with other expats. For more info, go here.
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