Becoming pregnant and having a baby is normally a very joyous time in someone’s life. While pregnancy can come with a lot of excitement, there is also normally a lot of situations that can cause stress and anxiety.
During the recent coronavirus pandemic, the feelings of uncertainty could be much higher. However, there are several tips that can be followed to help ensure you have a healthy pregnancy even during this pandemic.
A lot of people spend the months and weeks leading up to the delivery date shopping for baby furniture and supplies. While there is a lot of fun filling out a registry and going to your local baby stores, you can still have a similar experience online.
Today, all of the same retailers are still very active with their online stores.
You can order any products that you want online and have them delivered. This even applies to groceries, which can be delivered via services like Instacart. This lets pregnant women and their partners avoid crowded supermarkets, where the risk of infection is high.
Don't Skip the Celebration
Another tip to follow when you are pregnant during the pandemic is to never skip the celebrations. Unfortunately, a lot of group gatherings have been changed and altered.
For some people, this even means not being able to have their baby shower. While you may not be able to have the baby shower that you initially planned on, you can still celebrate with friends and family virtually. Start by sending baby shower invitations online. From there, you can hold virtual chats where you can talk, share stories, and even play the same games.
Discuss Visitations with Doctor
At this time, most pregnant women will want to spend as much time indoors as possible. One challenge with this comes when they have to see their doctor.
While you used to see a doctor very routinely when pregnant, it may be wise to change this schedule a bit. If everything is going well, it may make sense to increase the intervals between visits. However, you should discuss this with your doctor and ensure that you continue to visit when recommended.
Know Process for Delivery
Another part of the process that could change will be the process of delivery. Traditionally, the father of the child and other close family members were permitted in the delivery room.
However, with the spread of the coronavirus, this is changing. It is important to know beforehand who is permitted in the room with you.
This could require you to make some changes to how you prepare for your arrival at the hospital. The administration of the hospital should give you updated checklists and tips to follow when you arrive.
While you can be concerned about the world around you, it is important that you stay active and healthy during pregnancy. It is still okay for you to go outside and take a walk when you want.
You should also make sure that you are doing some activities each day that can help to alleviate your stress levels. Ultimately, doing this will help you to stay healthy and focused during your pregnancy and it will provide benefits to the child.
There is no doubt that the pandemic is going to change the pregnancy experience. However, there are still many different ways that you can navigate this time. It is important to follow these tips that will help to ensure that you and your baby remain healthy and well during your pregnancy.