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Every year, hundreds of expats make the Costa del Sol their permanent home and decide to start a family here, or extend the one they have! The great weather, schools and choice of activities make the area very appealing to families of all ages. If you are planning to have your baby here for the first time you may be full of questions, but be rest assured because Spain has just been voted the 2nd best place in the world to bring up children!
Scans and check-ups
When working on the Costa del Sol and contributing to social security, you will be entitled to excellent free health care. This will cover you for all your scans and appointments at your local clinic. Keep in mind these will probably be in Spanish though, as not all clinics have in-house translators, however you could always use the Medical Translation Line which proves very helpful for answering questions about your health and understanding any important information given. If you would prefer to go private and have the exciting 3D and 4D scans done, you could always visit someone like Dr Berral in Marbella who comes highly recommended and speaks English.
Preparing for the new arrival
When you have your due date, you will naturally want to start building the nest ready for your new baby! There are loads of great places to shop for baby things on the Costa del Sol including the famous El Corte Ingles shopping centres and ‘Nana’s’ the big baby shops which sell everything from prams to clothing and everything in between! You can also find a Mothercare shop if you go to Gibraltar.
The Mediterranean diet is notoriously good for your health and perfect for mums to be! You will also be sure to find everything to suit your pregnancy cravings at the various supermarkets such as Super Sol and Mercadona, plus there are loads of great restaurants which will tailor the food for you. The pharmacies sell all the vitamins you need and if you wanted to have a go at pregnancy yoga there are plenty of great classes in the Marbella area.
Having your baby
If you are planning to have your baby in the Costa del Sol Hospital you will be relieved to know they offer an excellent standard of care before and after the baby is born. The rooms are very clean and many of staff there speak English and are used to supporting expats through this exciting and emotional time. You can read more about people’s experiences of giving birth at the Costa del Sol hospital on websites like mumsinspain.
If you are looking for a bigger home to suit the new addition to your family, the team at HomeRentalontheWeb can take all of your requirements and help you find the perfect new long term rental home for your family, just give us a call on 952 839 595 or visit our website.