Pregnancy Stress and COVID (answering parent concerns & supplying coping skills)
It may be difficult to keep calm when hearing and seeing so much information related to COVID-19. For moms-to-be, it can be especially stressful. While some stress is normal, and expected, COVID-19 has added even more stress. Boys Town National Research Hospital is here to support you and answer your questions.
Exercising to Relieve Stress in a Pandemic
If you are worried about safety, or your gym or park is still closed, there are many pregnancy-safe exercises that can be done indoors. Specifically, yoga is a great option as it combines strength training and helps ease stress on the mind and body.
Additionally, listen to your body. Do not feel as though you need to be exercising constantly.
Taking Care of Yourself
Taking Care of yourself will also help take care of your baby. It is important to go to all prenatal or postpartum checkups. In these checkups, your provider may tell you what care will look like during this time.
Keeping a Routine
Having the same or similar routine everyday will help you plan and have less stress. Eating healthy foods and regular meals, drinking water, taking a shower, exercising and getting a good night's sleep can help keep stress away.
Physically Isolate, But Continue to be Social
Having connection with others can help reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression and loneliness. While we may not be able to physically be with others right now, there are other ways to socially stay connected such as FaceTime, Skype or Zoom. Texting or talking on the phone are also great ways to stay connected.
Reach Out to Your Doctor
Your doctor will be able to keep you updated on any guidelines that may change throughout your pregnancy. Keeping those lines of communication open can be a huge help in decreasing your stress.
Do Not Take on Extra Stress
While it is important to stay in the know, constantly watching the news or scrolling on social media can do more harm than good. Taking time away from the news and social media can help decrease your stress immensely.