Tips for Self-Isolating While Pregnantby Laura Driver
Whatever stage of pregnancy you are at it’s no fun self-isolating during the lockdown. I recently asked our Facebook fans what they would advise any pregnant woman to do with their time during the lockdown and the overwhelming answer was to make the most of the time you have left. Sleeping, box sets, cooking and taking up a new hobby were very popular.
Here are our top tips for entertaining and looking after yourself in self-isolation;
Prepare for your new arrival
- Get the nursery ready for your new arrival, wash baby’s clothes and make sure you have the essentials. If you are missing anything make a list and then stock up online. If you can’t get hold of something important ask someone if they can get hold of it for you while they do their shopping.
- Pack your hospital bag and write your birth plan.
- Batch cook and freeze meals for after baby’s arrival when you will be busy.
- The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists advises that pregnant women stay active and while this is made difficult by you not being able to get out and about the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) have some great resources for exercising at different stages of pregnancy. Regular exercise is great for a healthy body and mind.
- If you have some outside space use it for a change of scenery and some fresh air.
- If your nesting instinct has kicked in embrace it! Get moving, cleaning and sorting.
Friends and Family
- Even though you can’t see people in person make sure you stay connected with your support network of friends and family. Use WhatsApp, Zoom or Facetime for chatting and keeping in touch.
- Connect with other mums in the same situation as you. You will feel less alone if you know others who are going through the same thing. They will provide you with advice and reassurance. We have set up a Facebook Group especially for you to chat with others in the same boat, you can join here.
· It’s easy, with the current situation, to fall into a rabbit hole of coronavirus news. Obsessing over the news isn’t healthy. Make sure you stay informed but don’t spend your time refreshing news feeds.
- Easier said than done but whether it’s meditating, reading a book, doing a jigsaw, asking your partner for a massage or taking a relaxing bath make sure you look after yourself and have some quiet time each day (in fact as often as you want!).
- Sleep is the number one thing that our Facebook fans suggested as it’s the main thing that is affected after your baby arrives. Take LOTS of naps!
- Binge watch a box set to distract yourself and to take your mind off the boredom of self-isolation.
· Make sure you follow the government guidelines, avoid touching your face and wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds. If you must leave home for an appointment or anything else avoid public transport.
One thing is for sure, once your little one arrives, you’ll have no spare time for anything. Maybe you’ll even look back on your time in self-isolation with fond memories… you never know!
For more tips on keeping active and staying sane while in isolation check out our blog post here.