What It’s Like to Be Pregnant During the Covid Pandemic
Being pregnant during the covid pandemic has added an extra level of anxiety to a time already heightened with emotion. Not only am I preparing my body, mind, family, and career for pregnancy, I’m also taking extra precautions to prevent myself from (hopefully) getting sick.
Being pregnant during the covid pandemic has been interesting, to say the least. It’s added an extra level of anxiety to a time already heightened with emotion. Not only am I preparing my body, mind, family, and career for pregnancy, I’m also taking extra precautions to prevent myself from (hopefully) catching this virus.
Precautions I’ve taken to lower exposure and stay healthy
- Work: Thankfully, I have an ideal work scenario that accommodates minimal in-person contact. Ever since March 2020, the Natalist team has had the option to work remotely. So, I haven’t been into the office in over a year, which is really crazy. We’ve had two team members onboard since the pandemic began, and I still haven’t met them IRL! I am so thankful I can minimize my exposure by working from home everyday.
- Parenting: I’m mom to an almost four year old daughter. Her school closed for six weeks at the onset of the covid pandemic, and let me tell you, that was ROUGH. It was beyond challenging to work while also parenting. Thankfully, her school is back open and has implemented myriad measures to keep the environment safe for students, faculty, and staff. It’s strange that I haven’t met her teachers in person, but video conferencing helps fill in the gaps. What is more challenging than school is deciding which risks to take on outside of school…it’s so sad to tell your child they cannot go to playgrounds or friend’s houses. At the very beginning of lockdown, we did absolutely nothing, but as the pandemic persisted, I realized it wasn’t feasible to limit all social interaction indefinitely. We take on risks, but try our best to mitigate them. We meet friends outside for playdates, go on the boat, walk on the beach — trying our best to limit interaction to outdoor activities.
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