Coronavirus has put ‘normal’ life on hold and thrown up lots of questions for pregnant women. Here, we round up answers to some of your biggest ones with a little help from NCT
Pregnancy is a period in a woman’s life that’s characterised by remarkable change and transformation. But, with coronavirus impacting all our lives, that sense of change – and, in some cases, anxiety and uncertainty – has been amplified.
To help answer any COVID-19 questions you might have, we’ve collaborated with our partner, NCT, and rounded up the most helpful resources and articles for whatever you want to know.
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You’re probably wondering if you’ll need to rip up your birth plan, but before you do, remember that maternity units are working around the clock to support pregnant women all over the country – you most definitely haven’t been forgotten. Hopefully, you’ll still be on track for the birth you wanted but, depending on your hospital trust, you may have to be a bit flexible if you were hoping for a home birth. Find out more.
One thing’s for sure, these are unsettling times, but it’s important to keep a lid on anxiety as it can lead to physical symptoms, including nausea and headaches, which can make you feel a whole lot worse. So give yourself a helping hand with these NCT tips for reducing anxiety.
Being stuck indoors isn’t great, but let’s look on the bright side – if you’re normally really busy, self-isolation could give you the time you need to focus on your body and baby, from getting out for a daily walk to trying physio-approved Jennis Pregnancy workouts, or planning your baby’s new wardrobe. Here’s NCT’s advice on managing your lockdown time in pregnancy.
First things first, if you’d like to breastfeed, stick with it. Experts don’t think coronavirus can be passed on to your baby in breast milk, and while there is obviously a risk of passing it on through sneezing or coughing, the benefits of breastfeeding in terms of bonding and nutrition outweigh the risks, according to NCT.
No-one really wants to be stuck inside with an active baby or toddler, but NCT has some great ideas to keep you all happy during lockdown.
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