Pregnancy During Lockdown
The stress and anxiety caused by COVID-19 only adds to the existing stresses placed upon us when pregnant. Let’s face it, experiencing the challenges of pregnancy during COVID-19 is not easy. If you have other children, trying to do your work, or are busy completing your daily tasks then you have your hands full.
Right now, we are experiencing lockdowns around Australia. The uncertainty of what the future holds is undoubtedly causing you some anxiety. I want you to start right now by focusing on what you can control. What you think can help control your emotions. When you can better control your emotions then you can better control your actions.
So What Can You Do?
First I want you to know I am here for you so reach out to me if you need help. What I love most about our PregActive community of mamas is the love and support for all mamas. No matter what stage of pregnancy you are at, what challenges you are facing, or what help you need; we are here to help you.
Ask for Help
If you’re pregnant, you may be feeling anxious about how coronavirus (COVID-19) could affect you, your baby and your pregnancy care. If you have questions, concerns or are worried; I encourage you to speak to your pregnancy care team. You are NOT alone!
Keep Exercising While Pregnant
I loved being active during my first pregnancy and I am continuing to workout now I’m in my second pregnancy. I know the rewards of being fit and healthy for both myself and my growing baby. And also the benefits of helping me to enjoy a speedier postpartum recovery.
I want you to select your current week of pregnancy from my PregActive Pregnancy Workout APP and then select the style of workout you would like to do. It may be Pilates, yoga or one of my many other classes.
Try to workout at least 3-5 times a week. Set a time each day for you to get your workout in. If you miss a class, don’t worry, just continue the next day.
Keep Eating Healthy Foods
What you eat is so important when pregnant. Your baby requires nutrients to help them grow and stay healthy. It is important you know what prenatal nutrients you require as well as what foods you need to avoid for safety reasons. I have several great posts on prenatal nutrition I want you read.
Related: 12 Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy
Look After Your Mental Health
Did you know that approximately fifteen per cent of women will have depression or anxiety during pregnancy. And after childbirth, there are many more women who battle mental health issues.
Many women suffer unnecessarily and for a long time with mental illness because they feel a sense of shame, guilt and even embarrassment because they have allowed themselves to be depressed.
Having a baby is a time to be happy, but of course, depression is not something you have control over especially during this vulnerable time.
An untreated mental illness can have long-term health and well-being impacts for you and your baby so it is important to get the right treatment.
It is vital that you are aware there are a number of safe and effective treatment options for depression during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. I want you to visit your GP if you need help.
Please let your doctor or midwife know if you:
- Have symptoms of coronavirus.
- Are waiting on a coronavirus test result.
- Or someone close to you has recently tested positive for coronavirus.
- Have returned from an orange or red travel zone.
If You’re pregnant, it’s essential that you:
- Wear a face mask when required
- Practise good hygiene
- Keep your distance – stay 1.5 metres away from people where you can
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly
- Stay home and get tested if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, however mild.
Prenatal Appointments and Scans
You will continue to have regular appointments with your health care professional when pregnant, but they might be done differently. Some of your appointments may be done over the phone or by video call.
If you need to come in for a face-to-face appointment, you can bring one partner or designated support person with you. Check with your doctor before going to your appointment to see if any of the rules have changed.
Look After YOU!
PregActive is all about looking after YOU – the mama! If you are struggling, please chat to your partner, a friend or your doctor. It is a tough time for everyone and unlike anytime before, pregnant mamas are dealing with stresses on multiple fronts.
I Have Some Great Freebies for You
I have put together a whole lot of great resources that I know you will love. They will help you get on track with exercising safely, eating well and becoming an empowered mother. These resources are yours for free so all you have to do is click on the image below to get immediate access.
Here’s What You Get
- Pelvic floor exercise video
- Pregnancy exercises & workouts
- Pelvic girdle pain exercises
- Interviews with Physiotherapist
- Best birth positions video
- Best birth ball exercises video
- Pelvic floor early postpartum tips
- Pelvic floor exercises for mamas
- Postpartum workout videos
- Diastasis recti educational videos
- Pelvic organ prolapse video
- And So Much More!