How I am coping while being pregnant during the Coronavirus
Being pregnant as the Coronavirus turns our lives upside down is not easy. It is hard to embrace pregnancy in times of uncertainty. While I save parenting issues for my parenting blog, I wanted to share this as it does deal with self-care and mental health, topics I do cover here.
The Other Day, I was going through some photos…
I posed for this photo 6 years ago. It was part of my pregnancy reveal shoot with my youngest. However, it turned into one of the most emotional experiences for me. My friend, who did MUAH for @victordevilbliss at the time, talked me into coming that day. I felt bloated and scared The last thing I wanted to do was take a photo because I had lost 2 babies before that pregnancy. I worried that we would take these photos and I would lose that one too.
So, we made an agreement that none of the photos would see the light of day if the pregnancy wasn’t meant to be.
That shoot turned out to be one of the most memorable times for me. It took my mind off everything that was going on in my world at the time. That shoot gave me something else to direct my focus. It gave me the opportunity to breathe and relax.
Why is this relevant?
Right now, I am trying to pull those vibes because being pregnant now is kinda scary. I wanted to cancel my prenatal appointment this week because I was scared to go out. There is so much uncertainty as to how things will look like when I deliver this fall. So, to help me combat those fears, I am trying to pull from the things that are good, the things I can control, and trying to remember to find happiness in times of uncertainty.
Being pregnant during times of uncertainty…like after a loss or in this case, the Coronavirus, isn’t a walk in the park. I have a hard time embracing my pregnancy at the moment during this time of uncertainty. To be honest, sometimes I have a hard time trying to connect to the baby growing inside me because of my fears.
It is okay to be afraid…
However, at some point, you need to find things to keep your mind occupied. Lately, I find myself reading the news less and less. I worry about what is going on, but so much of it is the same. Another thing I have been doing is disengaging from Social Media more. I still post on my channels. However, I try to read more books or play games to occupy my mind, instead of trying to sift through the chaos online.
One thing I find myself doing a lot is touching my belly and talking to the baby. As I was losing my second pregnacy, a friend of mine, who is a doula, told me to keep connecting with that baby, even if the time with that one was short. It is something I have kept close to heart.
Also, I find myself doing mantras again and trying seek positivity. It helps alleviate my fears.
How Are You Handling All of this?
How are you dealing with all that is going on right now? Where are you finding your strength? If you are pregnant, how are you trying to stay positive during the coronavirus?
I hope that we get to go back to normal sometime soon. I know that this is a very difficult time for many.
My wish for you is that you are safe and well. As always, I love hearing from you!