Our world has been on quite the emotional rollercoaster with the COVID-19 pandemic hitting hard. While anxiety and depression have spiked with the unknowns of the pandemic, pregnant women with COVID-19 have even more emotions to work through.
According to NCBI, the prevalence of mental disorders among pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic are high, especially women in the first and third trimesters of pregnancy. There are ways to receive emotional help.
Pregnancy already brings mood swings, morning sickness, and body changes. We want to give you some tips on finding emotional support while pregnant with COVID-19 and how to navigate it well. Get the help you need to stay strong emotionally throughout your pregnancy.
Manage Your Stress
Stress is normal, but how you manage it is what counts most. Less stress is better for both you and your baby. This is why it’s so essential to eliminate any extra burdens or worries that could be affecting you emotionally and physically. Some great ways to manage stress and emotional well-being with COVID-19 are:
- Stay active (short walks or even stretching)
-Physical health affects your mental health, so it’s important to stay active as much as your doctor advises while pregnant with COVID-19. This can majorly reduce anxiety and stress.
- Maintain good sleep
-Getting enough sleep is vital to keeping your immune system in good shape. Wind down 1-2 hours before going to bed and maintain a consistent sleep schedule for the best sleep. Going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day helps regulate your sleep rhythm.
- Stay in contact with your doctor
-Remaining connected with your doctor can bring peace of mind and ease any stress that COVID-19 and pregnancy bring. Alert your doctor of any worsening symptoms like difficulty breathing, persistent chest pain, blue lips of face, confusion, or trouble staying awake.
Connect With Family & Friends
Keeping a close connection with people you do life with and trust can do a lot to lift your spirits while pregnant with COVID-19. Let them help when you need it most, and update them on how you are feeling emotionally and physically. Social connection can also reduce anxiety and depression, help regulate emotions, and improve your immune system (cmha). Reaching out for help is never something to be ashamed of.
A Virtual Pregnancy Support Group
While it’s more challenging to meet in person these days, virtual support groups are growing in popularity as people desire connection. This is a great way to find emotional support while pregnant with COVID-19. It can give you the extra support you’re looking for. A support group with other pregnant women can:
- Provide assurance that you are not alone
- Let you receive empathy with how you are feeling
- Give you inspiration from others’ stories
If you need parenting support, our team at Open Arms Pregnancy Clinic offers free pregnancy classes to help you prepare for your newborn. We would love to talk more about your needs and help in any way we can.
Schedule a free appointment with us today.