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Tips for emotional health during pregnancy and COVID-19

  • Early data from China about COVID-19 suggest pregnant women do not have a much higher rate of severe infection than women who are not pregnant.
  • When you are pregnant, you are not really eating for two. Recommendations are to add no more than about 500 additional kilocalories per day during your pregnancy.

As an expecting parent, these times of uncertainty during coronavirus can be nerve wracking. The COVID-19 outbreak has caused people a lot of stress and worry, so The Mother Baby Center wanted to check in on our people – pregnant mothers and their support systems.

How are you feeling emotionally?

If you feel worried, stressed or concerned, we understand. We want to offer you tips and recommendations to help you stay happy and healthy during this pregnancy.

To keep your emotional health on track during pregnancy and COVID-19:

Find a virtual pregnancy support group

Although most in-person events, classes and groups are canceled, you can look into joining a virtual support group. It’s always a good idea to talk to other people in a similar situation as yourself – pregnant during the COVID-19 outbreak. Check in with your regular support group and see if they would want to do it virtually through Zoom, Skype or any other video call service.

Yoga and meditation during pregnancy

It’s important for you and your baby to keep your anxiety levels down, even during this time. One way to help feelings of anxiety is through exercise, like going for a walk or doing yoga. Make sure to talk to your health care provider before taking part in any exercise.

Another option to reduce anxiety is meditation. Meditation is a way to clear your mind through breathing exercises. These exercises will help your mind slow down and ease worries. There are many meditation apps you can choose from and download to get started.

During the time of the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s especially important to find ways to stay active virtually. There are many free yoga classes online and also meditation apps you can use your phone for.

Connect with friends and family

Many of us around the country have been ordered to stay in our homes if we are not essential workers, and to keep a safe distance from others. This can feel isolating. Thankfully, we have plenty of modern technology to keep us connected to our friends and family. Try these:

  • Set up FaceTime or Skype hang outs with your friends. Video calls with your family will help you feel a personal connection to others.
  • Plan a Zoom meeting with old coworkers or friends.
  • Avoid alcohol, drugs and smoking

Stressful times typically make us want to reach out for external solutions for our problems. But, while you’re pregnant and after birth, it’s important you stick to the recommendations from your provider like: Stay away from smoking, don’t drink alcohol, and don’t use illegal or unprescribed medical drugs.

We hope these tips help keep your emotional health on track, even while social distancing.

How are you doing mentally? Read more: Mental Health During Pregnancy

 

 

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