Pregnancy and COVID-19: Handling Stress During a Pandemic
Being pregnant in a modern era means there is a book or guide for every stage of pregnancy. No matter what symptom or new change you experience, there's a blog post or article to help you understand how you or baby are growing. However, many mamas-to-be are currently experiencing what it's like to be pregnant during a pandemic and are finding that information is scarce. We know it can be scary right now, mama. We're here for you.
We asked our La Belle Bump community what they're doing now to help combat coronavirus anxiety. Keep reading to find out how your fellow mamas are finding ways to reduce stress and stay positive.
1.) Stay connected with your friends and family.
In the time of COVID-19 we know that staying connected can be easier said than done. FaceTime, Zoom, or even a few texts can help keep communication open. Consider organizing a virtual activity like a cooking session, escape room, or even a game of trivia! Having an outlet to discuss your feelings with friends and family may help to maintain positive mental health.
2.) Stay active.
As long as you have the green light from your doctor, working out and staying active is an important part of pregnancy. Not only do those long walks or yoga sessions help keep your body feeling good, but they can also be an excellent way to boost your mood.
3.) Start a project.
If you haven't started on that nesting to-do list just yet, now is the perfect time. Starting a project or two can keep you busy as you look forward to your little one's arrival. Also, who doesn't love the feeling of crossing something off?
It may seem simple, but taking a few minutes to mindfully breathe has been proven to help reduce stress. Close your eyes, inhale for a count of 5, hold your breath for another count of 5, and then exhale slowly for 5. Focus on the process and sound of your own breath.
5.) Give yourself permission to do nothing at all.
The pressure to be productive can be overwhelming, especially when your energy is feeling low. Give yourself the permission to chill. Read a book, listen to a podcast, binge a show on Netflix - whatever it is that helps you relax. Treat yourself well, mama.