What was your experience navigating through the fourth trimester during the COVID 2019 Pandemic? What was the most different from your expectations?During the pandemic, the fourth trimester, was vastly different than I had ever envisioned. I went into labor March 15th which was the same week as the lockdown for our city. We were lucky enough to give birth before our hospital had strict rules as we were allowed to have my husband in the room and then only one family member visit. Once we were home I had imagined having fiends and family over to visit and support us. My mother in law was also supposed to fly into town but cancelled her flight to stay safe.
What ways have you found to cope with being a new mom and/or dealing with the isolation and fear that may come with raising a newborn in a pandemic situation?I’ve learned to cope by reading others’ stories whom are in the same situation and remembering that I’m not the only one going through this. But perhaps the biggest thing that has helped me through this is realizing that I’ve gained so much one on one time with her. Just myself, my husband and her. We learned our groove and established our new routine together rather than receiving input from others who would have been around.
Tell me about your favorite part of motherhood and what you most look forward to.My favorite part of motherhood (so far!) is breastfeeding because it is something only I can do for her. When I was younger I thought I was not going to breastfeed because I couldn’t imagine something touching my breast for so long. But knowing all the benefits it provides her I pushed through that mindset of being uncomfortable. I look forward to her beginning to laugh and then eventually talking. Knowing that we get to teach her so much is overwhelming yet exciting.
What advice or words of wisdom you would like to share with other mothers?Moms get advice on the regular and most of the time it’s unsolicited. I have two pieces of advice. Do research, research helps promote different ways to approach a situation which broadens your knowledge. And secondly, know you’re not alone- even in quarantine! Someone, somewhere has gone through the same feelings and thoughts that you are right now.
You’re not alone mama.
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Giving birth and transitioning into parenthood is rough. It has had even more challenges due to the situation to COVID-19. Therefore, I would like to honor all of the parents that welcomed a little one during this time. Tune in every Monday for a new featured parent.
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