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Experiencing feelings of unpreparedness during pregnancy is normal. These feelings may include stress and anxiousness, however due to the spread of Covid-19, managing it has become a bit more challenging. This article will summarize how you can prepare yourself during your pregnancy in these unknowingly times, to feel more relaxed.
Things to prepare when bringing the baby home
The recent rise of Covid-19 has physicians concerned about the health of mothers and their unborn children. For this reason, while preparing before you go to the hospital and when you bring your baby back home to reduce the risk of bacteria, having products such as diapers, changing pads and baby wipes that are anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic is important. Bamboo is a natural product that is not only good for the health of your baby, but also the environment. Bamboo fibers are naturally hypoallergenic that have deodorizing and antibacterial properties and are moisture and thermal regulated. Thus, bamboo products are better compared to cotton, since it is 70% more absorbent than cotton and keeps babies 100% drier than cotton. This reduces the probability of your baby having diaper rashes. Little Toes makes natural eco-friendly bamboo diapers, bamboo wipes, and disposable changing pads. Additionally, in light of Covid-19, extra sanitation that will not harm your child is important. Most supermarkets or e-commerce stores offer a large selection of eco-friendly and antibacterial products that minimizes exposure to harmful chemicals.
Preparing the house before the baby comes home
Make sure your house is baby proof before the arrival. These adjustments will change upon the development of your child, but an easy way to start is by writing down changes that need to be made in each room. Most importantly, make sure that there are no items at the baby’s reach that could cause suffocation, such as soft surfaces, plastic bags, stuffed animals, or pillows. Also, store all your medication and cleaning products in a safe cabinet.
Preparing yourself and ways to cope and keep yourself healthy in mind and spirit
Mental and emotional preparation is just as important as birth and pregnancy preparation. The best plan for problem solving during pregnancy and when you bring your baby home is to anticipate problems that may arise and develop a plan for solutions. For instance, is someone at work on board to cover for you if you are away? Or a friend or family member you can call if you have an emergency or need transportation? Resolving possible problem areas might be as easy as finding a good book on child development or your desire to consult with a financial advisor to ensure that you feel secure in the next stage of pregnancy. Knowing how any problem can be addressed and taken care of by determining what information you may need to work out a solution prior to the appearance of the problem can make you feel calmer. Exercise and meditation are activities that can help to remain calm and reduce stress. When we exercise the brain releases serotonin, also known as the happy chemicals, as it is responsible for feelings of well-being and happiness. Pregnancy Yoga is a mediational exercise that you can practice from the comfort of your own home, that helps to release these serotonins. Yoga teaches you breathing, relaxation and mediation techniques that will help to manage stress. Not only does Yoga help to manage stress, it also tones and stretches your body. Another option to keep your body toned without being too hard on your joints is swimming. However, before starting any rigorous exercise, seek your doctor’s medical recommendation on exercise regimens that you can use throughout your pregnancy. Throughout your pregnancy, the most important thing to remember in order to control your feelings of unreadiness is to breathe. By taking deep breaths, this action sends a signal to your brain to bring down your heart rate, regulate your breathing and lower your blood pressure leading you to a sense of relaxation. Once your body relaxes you can now see things more clearly and continue with your day. When you are feeling overwhelmed, remember you are not alone. Many women are having successful pregnancies and births during the pandemic. Just remember to stay calm, stay healthy, and you and your baby will be just fine.