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How I am coping while being pregnant during the Coronavirus

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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…

A frank discussion about being pregnant during the coronavirus as well as how I am dealing with the emotions stemming from it.

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.

A frank discussion about being pregnant during the coronavirus as well as how I am dealing with the emotions stemming from it.
Another photo from that same shoot.

 

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!

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Dana Rodriguez
    April 24, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Congrats on your new baby! I understand what you mean. I think everyone is very nervous. I am spending a lot of time trying new recipes and crafting.

  2. Antoinette M
    April 24, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Congratulations! I take one day at a time. We will get through this but it will take time. All my best wishes for you!

  3. Rosie
    April 24, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    I can imagine it is scary being pregnant. I am older and have some breathing problems, and I haven’t been able to hardly even find a way to get groceries or toilet paper, my orders, even the groceries, get canceled after it took two weeks to get an open slot, and then two weeks after the order it gets canceled, no reason given, except sorry. Ditto with other things, although now most are just out of stock. I was too scared to go out for groceries, as I have a hard time wearing a mask with my condition. I know what it feels like to cancel an appointment for being afraid. Some people don’t get as scared, not sure why, but they feel the roll of the dice is in their favor. I give you a lot of credit, my niece has been pregnant during the Coronavirus, you are right when you say it isn’t a walk in the park, moms-to-be get nervous when everything is normal, and now we have all this virus lurking, makes it hard to feel safe to do the tiniest thing. Prayers for a good pregnancy for you.

    • Prissy Missy Doll
      April 25, 2020 at 5:47 am

      Thank you and hope that you will be able to get what you need. I have been lucky in that Instacart has worked pretty well for our family so far. Granted, sometimes we can’t get everything, and I am pretty much stuck with whatever Aldi has because you can’t find an open slot with the other grocery stores for pick up. Stay safe.

  4. Rosie
    April 25, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    I see this has helped my spending, anyway. My credit card bill is lowest ever! But I have a sneaky feeling when we can start going out again safely, I’m going to be making up for it big time!

  5. Jan Lee
    April 30, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    i’m just sleeping alot and making easy meals.

  6. Tamra Phelps
    May 15, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    I can’t even imagine how it would feel to be pregnant right now. There are a lot of uncertainties and that’s the last thing you want when you have a baby to think about. I hope you stay well and this is behind us by the time you deliver.

  7. Calvin
    May 15, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    That’s a lot going on, hope everyone is transitioning into this new way of life well.

  8. Hannah Chase
    May 19, 2020 at 1:50 am

    Being pregnant during the coronavirus has not been easy! I’ve been trying to stay positive by just looking forward to the day I get to meet my baby. Feeling his precious kicks brings me joy. I wish you a safe and healthy pregnancy!

    • Prissy Missy Doll
      May 19, 2020 at 5:48 pm

      you too!

  9. kimberly Kerr
    May 19, 2020 at 4:17 am

    I couldn’t imagine being pregnant during this pandemic.

  10. Chris Ann
    May 31, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    My congratulations to you on your up coming birth of your precious baby! I know it is challenging…I know that you are strong, take deep breath, go for walks. I will pray for you.

    • Prissy Missy Doll
      June 1, 2020 at 3:46 am

      thank you

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