How to Calm Your Nerves About Pregnancy During COVID-19

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How to Calm Your Nerves About Pregnancy During COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected lives all over the world. But for pregnant women this can make a stressful situation even harder to deal with. Did you know that depression and anxiety are the most common problems that women face in pregnancy? Add the worries of a pandemic to the mix and you have a lot of women feeling distressed about pregnancy during Covid-19. Here’s what you need to know about emotional wellbeing in pregnancy and some tips on how to calm your nerves during these challenging times.

Why is Pregnancy Anxiety, Depression, and High Stress Important?

You may be wondering what the big deal is on pregnancy anxiety, depression and stress. My research team and I have found that:

For every five women who struggle with anxiety or depression, one will continue to have symptoms across her life. Under normal circumstances, some women are at greater risk than others. For example, if they have experienced anxiety or depression before – or have a lot of stress that goes on for weeks or months.

Pregnancy During COVID-19

But these are unusual times and everyone is affected by the challenges Covid-19 has brought. For most of us . . .

Our daily routines are changing.

Our favorite places are closed.

We are social distancing.

We are working from home.

Some of us have lost our jobs.

We are adapting to multiple roles – juggling childcare, homeschooling, work, caring for other family members, and trying to fight off feelings of social isolation.

We are all called to adapt to ‘our new normal.’

For women who are pregnant during Covid-19, the virus can raise unique questions and stress. What is supposed to be a joyful time has become filled with uncertainty and fear.

Taking Action to Calm Your Nerves

Getting answers and being prepared can help calm your nerves about some questions surrounding your pregnancy during Covid-19. Sometimes the best thing you can do for your mental health is to actually do something about it. Doing something helps return a sense of control and can help you find the answers you need to move forward.

If you are anxious, talk with your healthcare provider. He or she can give you information relevant to your community and calm your fears with information.

Preparing for a Hospital Birth

  • Talk with your healthcare provider about any changes that may have arisen. For example, ask how many visitors are allowed to be with you while you deliver your baby.
  • Consider creative ways that friends and family can celebrate and support you by using technology such as videoconferencing on Skype, Zoom or FaceTime.
  • Talk with your partner/birth support person about the possibility of them not being by your side during birth. Pack an extra phone charger in your bag.
  • Consider asking if staff are comfortable giving their consent to having photographs taken during your birthing process to share with family who couldn’t be with you due to hospital restrictions. One of the biggest ways to prevent or reduce anxiety or depression in pregnancy and postpartum is through relationships – support from partners, close family and friends.
  • Reframe the situation – which is likely requiring you to rethink your birthing plans unexpectedly. Instead of dwelling on the negative side, focus on some of the positives of limited visitors, such as the intimacy that you and your partner can experience.

Know the Facts

  • During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through changes that may increase her risk of some illnesses such as the flu. Currently, there isn’t enough evidence to suggest pregnant women being at greater risk for developing more severe symptoms related to the coronavirus. We also know that so far, it seems that Covid-19 does not transmit from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby.
  • Consider limiting the amount of news you access. Stay informed – but don’t fixate on the news. Watch for news that sensationalizes the current situation by using inflammatory words. Be wise about your news consumption.
  • Realize that medical staff and researchers all over the world are working hard at learning how they can fight the virus and develop a vaccine. Several clinical trials are already underway.
  • Healthcare providers are updating policies and working around the clock to make sure they are prepared to help you. (See ‘COVID-19: Suggestions for the care of the perinatal population,’ from the Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses. Although guidelines may vary based on where you are located, many of these guidelines are sound and helpful).

Make use of trustworthy pregnancy resources.

  • While some hospitals have cancelled in-person birth classes, others have moved theirs online. Taking a birth class can help you gain valuable information, expand your social support network by connecting with other pregnant women, and put the focus back on the joy of welcoming a newborn into your family.
  • Make use of pregnancy resources lists that can support you to be emotionally healthy and build resilience – especially in the midst of this tough time. This resources page is a good start.

Be kind to yourself.

When worry gets too much it becomes anxiety. And worrying about your pregnancy during Covid-19 is easy to do. Learn to identify the physical signs of anxiety such as muscle tension and aches, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, sleep problems and fatigue. Try reducing your anxiety by . . .

  • Staying connected. Try to do some activities that involve other people and help you stay connected. We are social beings and thrive when we feel a sense of connection – this is true even for the introverts among us! Try to keep in touch from a distance. Use various technologies like WhatsApp messaging to keep in touch with another pregnant friend, online cell phone games that you can play with colleagues, role playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, or even watching movies together with relatives who are also social distancing.
  • Practice determining if your worries are real worries or hypothetical worries (worse-case scenario catastrophizing). For example, real problem worries may be, “My due date is in two weeks and I need to find out how my birth plan may be affected.” Hypothetical worries may be “What if I run out of toilet paper and I can’t find any in the stores?” If you catch your mind focusing on a hypothetical worry, you can press pause on that and focus on something else – a real problem you can take action in solving.
  • The battle of anxiety is won (or lost) in the mind. While you can’t control the Covid-19 situation, you can control your mind. A good habit is to identify when you are focusing on a worry and flip it around to a point of gratitude. It’s tough at first, but as you start to use new brain pathways it will get easier. Imagine if you came away from the Covid-19 situation with a healthier brain!
  • Be gentle with yourself. It is okay to feel like you’re still adjusting to your new routine. It’s okay to feel a variety of emotions. It’s okay to feel like you don’t ‘have it all together’ with your new routine just yet. Take it slow. Designate ‘no Covid-19 conversation’ times with a friend or your partner to support each other and take a mental break.
  • Remember the helpers and the kindness you see around you to gain perspective. Together we can flatten the curve with social distancing, but out of these hard times come extraordinary stories of ordinary people stepping up to help each other.
  • Community ‘care-mongering’ groups are ready to help you get groceries. Many people in the arts, both on an individual and organization level are offering their talents or opening their archives or virtual museum and zoo doors to bring some much-needed brightness into the world right now. Many of these arts and culture initiatives can also keep little ones entertained and calm right now.
  • Connect with family and friends who don’t sensationalize the news but can offer genuine support.

Whether you are at the beginning of your pregnancy journey, mid-way, about to give birth, or have a newborn, yes, this is a strange and difficult time. But we see you and we see you being brave.

About the Author /

Dr. Dawn Kingston is Canada’s leading expert on perinatal mental health and for over ten years has been at the forefront of research on how to prevent postpartum depression. She and her team have developed the HOPE App which is designed to significantly reduce prenatal anxiety and depression and directly support expectant mothers.

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One day a pregnant client of mine started having a One day a pregnant client of mine started having abdominal pain. She called her OBGYN's office and they had her come in to check on the baby to make sure everything was okay. Everything looked fine and well with the baby so they sent her home saying that it was probably something that she ate and that it must be gas or indigestion pain.
Days went by and the pain not only continued but it got WORSE. I encouraged her to continue reaching out to her doctor, which she did. She would call the office and the nurse and doctor would tell her that everything was fine. They told her what meds she could take that could help, and that if she wanted to come in again the next day, she could.
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The Ultimate List of Grandpa Names⁠ 👴⁠ .⁠ The Ultimate List of Grandpa Names⁠ 👴⁠
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We recently posted our ultimate list of Grandma names, but you might be looking for the perfect match for a Grandpa name. 💙 Many fathers that turn into Grandpas usually go with what their dads were called as grandparents or something traditional, but we encourage you to take a look at all of the options! There just might be a better fit that suits you. 😊 Here is our ultimate list of over 100 Grandpa names to choose from!⁠
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Lately, with everything going on, I've been thinking a lot about mothers with newborns. 🤱 As a postpartum doula, I get the pleasure of supporting new families in their homes and helping them navigate the winding roads and highs and lows of early parenthood. But right now I know that families are bringing home their precious babies and are feeling alone more than ever. They have less physical support, which can feel like they have less emotional and informational support as well. This breaks my heart. 💔 I wish this wasn't happening to families or to our world and I wish that I could be there for these moms.⁠
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That's why today, I am hopping on our stories and answering YOUR questions. Since I can't be there PHYSICALLY to help you with your pregnancy and newborns, I want you to know that I am here virtually for you. How can I help?⁠
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{I've left a question box in our stories. Have a question about your postpartum recovery? About your newborn? About breastfeeding? Bottle-feeding? You name it! I've been helping mothers as a birth doula and postpartum doula for 10 years and I am here for you.💕}⁠
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Our children are the future. I had to learn to give myself some grace. Sometimes when I evaluate where I am in life and see that I'm not exactly where I want to be or could've been frustrates me, or gets me down. I'm so hard on myself. But then I realized if the ONLY good thing I've done or successfully done is raise great children, I am in fact doing well!! *Parents, it's so important how we raise our children, and many of you KNOW that is not an easy task.⁠
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Secondly, think about who you're putting into the world. Do you remember your heartbreak(s), or some of the sh*%$y people you've come across and thought who raised them? Or even when you encountered a child that needed a hug or just some TLC. It's important!⁠
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Thirdly, but not least, for the dreamer or the visionary . . . Yes, we are working so hard for our dreams and goals. And one day we may achieve them, but our building and growing may also be in the building for our children. As we are building a future for them. Show yourself a little love. ❤️"⁠
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When I found out I was pregnant, one of the many things I began to wonder was, "What are my parents and in-laws going to go by as their grandparent names?" Grandparents are not just going with the classic "Grandma and Grandpa" names anymore. Some are now getting creative and are coming up with new ideas. If your mother or mother-in-law are unsure of what they want their special Grandma names to be, we're sharing our ultimate list of over 100 Grandma names to choose from!⁠ ❤️ ⁠{Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
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Mommas . . . have you stopped to take a moment for Mommas . . . have you stopped to take a moment for yourself, take a breath, or take a sip of water yet? This is your friendly reminder. ❤️ Whether you are pregnant, a new mom or a mom with little (or big) ones running around the house, take a minute for yourself right now and drink a big sip of water. If you have a headache from your toddler screaming, feeling sluggish from the lack of sleep, cloudy from your neverending to-do list, or hungry because of pregnancy or just because, this will help. So take a sip. Your body and mind will thank you for it! 🙏
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Episiotomies: Are They Still a Thing?⁠ 😳😬⁠
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"My birth plan was all typed out and edited. 📃 I'd read everything I could about the pros and cons of typical birth procedures. I wanted skin-to-skin contact as soon as possible, I wanted my partner to clip the cord after it stopped pulsing, and I did not want a routine episiotomy.⁠ 🙅‍♀️
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The contractions started so close together that there was no waiting time. The nurses did not believe they were as close as I was reporting. 😖 My partner and I were trying to play cards on the bed, but I was worried. Every two minutes, like clockwork, another contraction waved over me. 'Go for a walk, dear. It will be a while yet,' a nurse told me without any physical check. I got up and tried to go for a walk but was stopped by a single very sharp contraction. 😧 Then I went to the washroom and got sick. 🤢 I knew I was in transition.⁠
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On the bed, ready to push, an elderly doctor entered the room. 👨‍⚕️ He walked up to me, picked up a scalpel, and immediately sliced a small incision in my perineum. ✂️ At the time, it didn't seem relevant. I was about to become a mother! In only two pushes and a total of two hours of labor from the first contraction, I was holding my baby. 🤱 Nothing else mattered; not even my well-crafted birth plan or the raw pain I felt meant a thing. He was here, and he was perfect.⁠ 💙
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Luckily for me, my healing process was minimal and did not result in any further complications, however, many other women are not so fortunate." Learn more about the history of episiotomies, why they are performed, and how to avoid having one. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
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A note from @olesiastefanko to our Baby Chick audi A note from @olesiastefanko to our Baby Chick audience: How have my nutrition & workouts changed during pregnancy? 🤰💪⁠
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Each woman knows that pregnancy is one of the most important events in her life. ❤️ This wonderful process makes a lot of changes in a woman’s organism and, as it follows, in her lifestyle. And I am not an exception.⁠
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The first things that have changed are my workouts. Right now I'm at the end of my second trimester and I still workout 3 times a week, like I did before, but the intensity is much lower (about 10-20% of what it used to be).⁠
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As for my exercises, I am focused on glutes, legs, arms, and a little bit of side abs. What do my workouts usually include?⁠
- 15 reps per each exercise, all in a row for 3 rounds⁠
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Currently, I do avoid jumping & abs exercises because they feel uncomfortable and too exhausting. But if anyone still wants to do abs exercises, do not do them on a flat surface - it’s better to use a fit ball or bosu ball.⁠
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Remember that it’s safe to work out during pregnancy if you have been consistently working out before pregnancy and have clearance from your doctor. Pregnancy is very individual & depending on your and baby's health, your doctor may decide that you should avoid physical activity for some time. For example, I was unable to work out during my first trimester for about a month, but I did some light stretching and walking instead. It's important for us to all remember that we are carrying a little human inside of us and, obviously, we should think about him/her first. Do not work out if your doctor has not given you medical clearance. If you feel that you can’t do some exercises, it’s better to skip them altogether - listening to your body is very important right now.⁠
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The second main thing during pregnancy is nutrition. 🍎 First of all, I have always been against strict diets 🙅‍♀️ and my daily routine included 5 meals--eating small portions regularly throughout the day. My diet before pregnancy excluded ❌ red meat, milk, and animal fats. I followed these rules 5 days a week. (Continue reading in the comments!)
Postpartum Expectations Versus Reality⁠ ⁠ "Eve Postpartum Expectations Versus Reality⁠
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"Every new mom probably envisions herself swathed in a soft robe, snuggled up with her freshly-born baby. 🤱 Beautiful and glowing, she smiles as she blissfully nurses or feeds a bottle to her beautiful pink-faced baby. 🥰 These moments are precious, and they do exist, but it's more the expectation than the reality of what the postpartum experience looks like. I spoke to pediatrician Harvey Karp, baby sleep wizard, and the author of the popular book 'The Happiest Baby on the Block', about how to manage postpartum expectations versus reality, including bonding, a lack of sleep, and handling all the new responsibilities of having a newborn." {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
Article by: ⁠Rachel MacPherson⁠
📷: @the_pettylife
Boobies leaking and fires blazing! 😵🤣⁠
📷: @mommymemest
The Day I Realized My Kid Is Not Like Me⁠ ⁠
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"On the day I realized my kid is not like me, I could tell by the look in my daughter’s eyes that I’d breached a moral line.⁠
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My loving and kind-hearted daughter had been dealing with teasing and bullying all year. We’d been struggling to get the school and specific teachers to react in any sort of fashion that could make us feel like they cared. I’d become even more jaded as the months rolled by, and the teasing continued.⁠
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'I made Miss Rebecca a birthday card, it’s her birthday today!' my daughter told me after school one day. My reply? 'I really don’t care about her or her birthday.' My daughter gave me that look. How could I be so cold? Her eyes searched my face for any amount of empathy or even a hint that I was sorry. I knew my face was drawn and pinched in that disapproving grimace only mothers can make.⁠
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As I looked down at her while we were walking home, my face softened. Here was this lovely empathetic little soul who only ever wanted to make sure everyone was happy and included. She didn’t deserve to be picked on because she played with the 'different' child in her classroom. She didn’t deserve to be poked and laughed at because of how easily they could make her cry. But somehow she remained this soft, sweet girl she’d always been, making a birthday card for the teacher who’d repeatedly made her feel like she was to blame for her own bullying.⁠
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My response was to get angry, get my back up, retaliate. My full mama bear mode was unleashed. But I also knew that this was my personality. I am guarded, I’m careful, and I don’t trust people. I had a lot to learn from my little girl." {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
Article by: ⁠Rachel MacPherson⁠
📷: @jlo
It’s going to be okay. ❤️ We will get throug It’s going to be okay. ❤️
We will get through this. 💪
No matter how many toddler tantrums happen or work emails come our way, breathe and take one thing at a time. 🧘‍♀️
Because our work will never be finished. 🤹‍♀️
Our inboxes will never be empty. 💻
We will always be striving for happy, healthy children, clean houses, good work done and that will never cease. 🏠
But WE make each day what it is.💕
Only we can determine our own happiness. 😊
Even though our days look far from what we expected, we need to welcome each day with a smile. Be appreciative for what we have and for our health. 🙏
So let go of how you think today or this week is supposed to go. This time is only temporary. This stage is only temporary. ⏱Look for the good, and roll with the punches. We’re in this together, apart. ❤️
Mothers are superheroes, I am convinced. 🙌⁠ T Mothers are superheroes, I am convinced. 🙌⁠
This great image taken by @bubbapage, @jordanpage's husband, shows that taking care of kids & babies (multiples at that!) is no joke. 💪😴⁠
We salute you, mamas! You're doing better than you know. Keep loving, keep mothering, keep going. We are with you. 💗
Now this is the cutest thing I've ever seen in a b Now this is the cutest thing I've ever seen in a bedroom for three girls. 😍⁠
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💤 Sleep Tips for Kids!⁠ 💤⁠
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1️⃣ Have a bedtime routine.⁠
A regular bedtime routine starting around the same time every night encourages good sleep patterns for kids.⁠
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2️⃣ Have some relaxation-time before bedtime⁠.⁠
Have your children wind down by reading a book, listening to gentle music, or practicing breathing for relaxation.⁠ This will help their minds and their bodies to go to sleep.⁠
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3️⃣ Be consistent with your child's awake and sleep times.⁠
Keep your child’s bedtimes and wake-up times within 1-2 hours of each other each day. This helps to keep your child’s body clock in a regular pattern.⁠
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4️⃣ Eat the right amount at the right time⁠.⁠
Make sure your child has a satisfying evening meal at a reasonable time. Feeling hungry or too full before bed can make your child more alert or uncomfortable since their body is either hungry or trying to digest. Either can make it harder for her to get to sleep.⁠
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5️⃣ Keep older children’s naps early and short⁠.⁠
Most children stop napping at 3-5 years of age. If your child is over five-years-old and is still napping during the day, try to keep the nap to no longer than 20 minutes and no later than early afternoon. Longer and later naps can make it harder for children to get to sleep at night.⁠
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6️⃣ Check noise and light in your child’s bedroom⁠.⁠
A quiet, dimly lit space is important for good sleep. Check whether your child’s bedroom is too light or noisy for sleep.⁠
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7️⃣ Make sure your child feels safe at night⁠.⁠
If your child feels scared about going to bed or being in the dark, you can praise and reward her whenever she is brave. Some children with bedtime fears feel better when they have a night light or sound machine.⁠
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Hope you guys are having a great weekend and are getting plenty of sleep! 🙏❤️⁠
📷: @tyson_moore