Pregnancy can be tough at the best of times. During a pandemic it can be even more challenging. In this post I share my thoughts on how to make the best of a challenging situation and have a relaxed and nurturing pregnancy journey.
1: Food Cravings
Food cravings during pregnancy can be bizarre at the best of times. Every time someone mentioned a meal they were preparing or if I saw a food post on Instagram, I immediately needed to consume that meal. Now while we are nowhere near food shortage, restrictions placed on local cafes and eateries means that I cannot indulge in my cravings. Right now, it’s Almond Croissants. I have been trying to deal with this by swapping out my cravings, so instead of an almond croissant, I may have a sweet scroll from a bakery. And it’s working, kind of. Seriously though… if someone could be me an almond croissant that’d be awesome!
2: Bog Roll Rations
It’s bad enough peeing every 20 minutes without having to ration out toilet paper as well. And yet, here we are. It a “don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone” type of situation. While we have plenty of toilet paper, I know that if and when we go into full lock down mode, my partner and I will fight about this. He’s a half a roll per visit kinda dude and yeah, that’s not going to work now is it? Of well, I guess time will tell.
3: Head Cold or ‘Rona?
Head cold are quite common during pregnancy. And you can’t take anything to reduce the severity of symptoms, which sucks! And don’t even get me started if you are a hay fever sufferer like me! But in the Age of ‘Rona, clearing your throat while in line at the supermarket causes mass panic and hysteria. I have been boosting my immune system with vitamin C, plenty of garlic and healthy bone broths. Thorough hand washing and social distancing are the best ways to keep yourself and the community safe.
4: Birth Plan Changes
Births don’t go to plan at the best of times. But during a pandemic, heavy restrictions are being placed on hospitals and birth places. In most cases, your birth partner may be the only one with you in the birth suite. Visitors are restricted and children may not be able to come into the hospital, placing further stress on families. Most face to face birth classes have been moved online, so you can still get the support you need to prepare for your birth, and most doulas offer a post-partum service, so you can get support when you need it most.
5: I can’t get a Massage
Trust me, I am as devastated as you are that we have had to close our doors temporarily in order the curb the spread of the coronavirus. And I really need a massage right now! My back and hips and sore and I could really just do with a 60 minute nap on the massage table.
There are still a few allied health services that are still able to operate. At time of writing, I believe these services are still operating, however it is best to give them a call to check.
Osteopathy: Bump and Bub https://www.facebook.com/bumpandbub/
Chiropractic: David Wright Chiropractic https://www.facebook.com/dwrightchiro/
Physiotherapy: Inner Strength https://www.facebook.com/InnerStrengthHealthcare/
Yes these are uncertain times, and we will get through it. And at the end of it all you will have a beautiful baby to shower with love.
If anyone need to connect during this time, our doors may be close, but our phone is still operating. Give us a call 0407 512 009 and we will happily have a chat with you about anything pregnancy and massage!