How many times have each of us heard this phrase over the last two months? I’ve lost count for sure, and I’ve even been known to use it a few times.
People ask me how it feels to be pregnant during this pandemic. Frankly I don’t know the difference, as I’ve not been this pregnant when it wasn’t a pandemic.
Here’s the conveniences and experiences that have been limited:
- Doctor visits that would have been shared with family are now attended alone, and other doctor visits are now telemedicine
- Service providers can’t come to my house (e.g. personal organizer)
- My baby shower will be virtual only
- I haven’t been able to tour my desired childcare facility (and may not be able to use said facility when I do return to work)
- I haven’t been able to continue my preferred fitness routine (AquaFit)
- On the plus side: Total strangers are not coming up to touch my belly
- Pre-baby classes have been all virtual (probably would have liked the baby basics class to be in person, but the labor basics virtual was fine)
- Acupuncture treatments were terminated early
- My coworkers won’t be throwing me a shower at the office, and many will never have seen me be obviously pregnant. I’ll likely look no different from the last time they saw me pre-pandemic when I see them again after parental leave.
This kiddo’s birth story will certainly be significantly different from that of a child born last year, but it’ll be similar to that of his/her contemporaries. He/she will still have whatever is needed, including all the love.
On a non-baby note, I recently completed the fourth of ten classes toward my Masters degree in Management Information Systems. Since I was already completing school online, there was no change in experience there.
So while we are living in unprecedented times, times still go on.