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When Covid first hit, I was pregnant with the twins, due in May 2020. I was high-risk, which was stressful in and of itself without the covid concerns. In addition, I was struggling with trying to find ways to make this pregnancy feel special (mom-guilt, read more on that here) and was focusing on all the small joys that do come with pregnancy. One minute I was planning a baby shower and coordinating my parents arrival; the next everything was being shut down and there was a rush for toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
As a result, my baby shower was cancelled. My husband wasn’t able to come with me to ultrasounds and drs visits anymore. (He actually never saw them on the ultrasound screen or heard heartbeats- every visit I went to alone.) As my due date loomed closer I began to worry.
This was the question that every pregnant woman was asking, and no one had answers. Therefore, I did what I encourage EVERY woman to do: communicate with your dr and your hospital. The endless what ifs and unconfirmed rumors that float around social media were enough to cause a panic attack. Stop looking to the internet for your information, stop taking the 3rd hand information from strangers as gospel. Go straight to your best resources and advocate for yourself.
At every check up I asked if anything had changed regarding our delivery experience. She only communicated confirmed facts to me. I called my hospitals labor and delivery department and the recovery department and spoke with the charge nurse for both. These women (and the staff I talked with on the way to speak with these women) were understanding of my concerns. They answered all my questions with as much information as they could. The facts they gave me quieted my mind and eased my anxiety tremendously.
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