Caring for Yourself Mentally and Physically During COVID-19
Studies tell us that 1 in 7 women experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy. Studies tell us that 1 in 10 partners experience anxiety and depression during pregnancy. All expectant moms and families have lots of concerns. There are many unknowns such as when will the baby born and how long will labor last? And then 2020 delivered the COVID 19 pandemic. You probably have additional concerns about the virus and the health of mom, baby and family/friends. Talk with your doctor about all your concerns. Here is a few helpful hints.
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water. You don’t need any special soap. It is time, water and friction that get your hands clean and germ-free.
- Stay away from sick people and people. Sorry, no parties, no baby showers. When you do have to go out stay at least 6 feet away from people. Avoid crowds.
- The Centers for Disease Control recommend a cloth mask to cover your nose and mouth. Get out a pretty scarf or bandanna. Or sew your own mask. Wash your hands after taking off your mask and then wash your mask.
- Exercise- a walk around the neighborhood will do your body a lot of good. It will help you sleep better, decrease stress and boost your immune system. Check online for prenatal yoga videos. Consult with your doctor to make sure it is ok to exercise and listen to your body. Exercise shouldn’t hurt and don’t let yourself get breathless or too hot.
- Sleep-getting comfortable as the baby gets bigger is a challenge. Pillows to support your back or between your knees can aid in comfort. A light snack before bed and a cool room may help.
- Worrying all the time will increase stress hormones and isn’t good for you or the baby. Writing down your worries can give your perspective and helps you to figure out what is really bothering you. When you figure that out, it is easier to ask for help.
- 10 deep breathes in a row are a great stress reliever.
- Make a list of questions for your doctor about your physical concerns.
- Have fun. Play games online. Watch a funny movie. Listen to music. Go on a virtual museum and zoo tours
- Eat delicious food.
- Give yourself a break. These are really challenging times.
Resources for you:
• www.BaptistHealthLouisville.com search maternity classes for online learning or contact Chris Summerfield at 502.897.8688 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
• Centerstone (formerly Seven Counties Services) Fee is based on sliding scale. 502.598.8070
• EAP – if you or partner work outside the home, check out the Employee Assistance Program at your work place
• www.postpartum.net or call 1.800.944.4773 online support for mom and partner
• 211- Metro United Way – free, confidential health and human service information 24/7 or www.metrounitedway.org and search “211”
• www.lamaze.org for more information about prepared childbirth classes
• www.shopheart.org. Order a “CPR Anytime Infant Kit” for to learn infant CPR