I follow a bunch of mommy bloggers and influencers on social media and I hear this cliche said, more times than I need to, “It takes an army.” Theoretically, I know what it means. But, as of lately I don’t feel it. Sure, I get texts from mine (and James’) immediate family and a couple friends, but outside of that, there’s not a lot of support during my current state of life/pregnancy. I guess it also doesn’t help that there’s a worldwide pandemic limiting travel, heightening anxiety, and disrupting the norm of pregnancy.
This is in no means to be a “woe is me” type of post, but rather a wake-up call to those who aren’t taking Coronavirus seriously. To those who take for granted the little things in life…like dinner with family, ‘another annoying baby shower’, having friends close by, a worry-free birth, etc.
Here’s a little update on what it’s like to be pregnant & 1,000 + miles away from family or friends during COVID-19.
Imagine not being able to go to ultrasound appointments with your partner.
Imagine not celebrating your one and only baby shower.
Imagine not being able to experience pregnancy with your family or friends.
Imagine not being able to casually ‘run out’ for late-night cravings.
Imagine not being able to proudly show off your bump.
Imagine not having all the baby supplies you need.
Imagine not feeling prepared for birth.
Imagine the possibility of not having your partner allowed in the birthing room.
Imagine not getting visitors at the hospital.
Imagine not having the luxury of pre-made casseroles in your freezer.
Imagine not having parents, grandparents, sisters, and brothers able to see your baby.
So, what happens if you don’t have an army? You find the strength within. You lean heavily on those you can. And, you roll with the punches. Pull your big-girl maternity pants up and be open to what’s ahead. We will get through this one way or another!