3rd Trimester

How to Prep for the Last 10 Weeks of Pregnancy During A Pandemic

The thing about viruses is that they happen at the most inconvenient times possible – and that’s exactly what seems to be happening within this COVID-19 pandemic. Point blank: I’m not scared about catching the virus. However, I’m very anxious of how the USA is responding to this pandemic – especially with the possible quarantine. The area I live in has already shut down basically everything except the grocery stores. Which makes me wonder… how should I prep for the last 10 weeks of pregnancy during a pandemic?

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Read also: Pregnant in A Pandemic from thecut.com


I’ve been looking at a bunch of those “Third Trimester Check Lists” lately. Hitting that big 30 Weeks mark has been truly terrifying, all too real, and a bit overwhelming. For both good and bad reasons, of course. In any case, I figure it’s time to make my own “surviving an outbreak check list” and really tweak it around top priorities. The thing about pandemics is that they don’t come and go according to your schedule! So I’ll set up a plan into three different categories:

  • Prepping My Mental Health
  • Preparing My Body
  • Setting Up My Home

This will be my survival guide for the next 10 weeks as I figure out how accustom to spending the rest of my pregnancy during a pandemic.

#1 : Prepping My Mental Health

Pregnancy during a pandemic is honestly stressful. The thing is…stress isn’t good for baby Ariella. So in order to combat this, it’s important that part of my 10 Week Prep includes tons of mental health care. That’s why I’m so glad my Nana gave me a pregnancy journal at my baby shower last week. Regardless, the best way to truly prepare is to ask yourself: what should I do for ME to prepare my mental health for having a baby? This is how I came up with the first three things on my checklist:

Join A Few Online Mama Groups

It’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Everything that I’m going through right now, another mama is going through or has already gone through it. That’s why I deem is necessary for us to stick together! However, social distancing is a very polite thing right now. I don’t want to carry to someone and I don’t want someone else to carry to me. During this pandemic, I believe that the online world will thrive greatly. So get on Facebook and find yourself a group of mamas to vent to, share with, or support! I’ve personally joined a couple of Due Date Groups of mamas all due in May this year.

Do Some Journaling

As I said before, my Nana got me this very cute pregnancy journal that I can pass down to my baby when she’s old enough. It’s a really great concept! So I think the next part of my plan is to take some time each day to write a little bit in a journal.


Buy your own pregnancy journals here!


Catch Up On Pregnancy Books

Part of easing my anxiety is creating a peace of mind for everything that’s going on in my life. Since we’re all practicing social distancing, now is a good time to catch up on on those pregnancy books and articles that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet!

#2 Preparing My Body

This one seems like it’ll be the most difficult through the pandemic because everything around me in shutting down – including prep classes. So, fingers crossed my Breastfeeding Class doesn’t end up cancelled. Regardless, here are a couple things on my checklist to help prep my body for having a baby and caring for it:

Labor Prep Tea

It seems surreal that I’ll be giving birth to a baby sometime within the next ten weeks… so I need to prepare my body for that! This company called Pink Stork is a women owned brand that makes products to help women in every stage of her life. From teas to vitamins to bath products, they honestly have thought of everything! So of course, I wanted to try out their Labor Prep Tea.

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Daily/Weekly Stretches + Small Workouts

All doctors recommend for you to stay active unless you’re experiencing swelling or pain and avoid strenuous exercise or strength training that could cause an injury to your stomach. However, as long as your careful and exercised BEFORE pregnancy, you can realistically do any workout you were already doing before.

Staying Active – Benefits for Mom:
  • Improved cardiovascular function
  • Weight gain management
  • Reduced muscular and skeletal discomfort
  • Decreased lower extremity swelling
  • Reduced risk of developing gestational diabetes and hypertension/preeclampsia
  • Improved and stable mood
  • Shorter labor
Staying Active – Benefits for Baby:
  • Lower body fat
  • Improved stress tolerance
  • Advanced neurobehavioral maturation

Read also: 5 Ways to Stay Active & Keep Your Blood Flowing Throughout Pregnancy


Eating Healthier

Creating healthier habits now makes it easier to commit even after Ariella gets here. But eating healthier during a COVID-19 outbreak is an increasing struggle as people raid the grocery stores to get a hold of anything left on the shelves.

I’ve been trying to prepare by having snacks pre-setup. Hummus and pretzels, hummus and veggies, orange and apple slices; etc.

Setting Up My Home

Okay, maybe I’ll take it back about prepping my body being the hardest part. The thing is, nothing about my house is ready for a body. There’s still SO MUCH to do and I don’t even know where to begin. Here are some of the things I need to somehow do during a quarantined time:

  • Move. Yeah that’s right. With just 10 Weeks of pregnancy left – I need to move into a bigger place that supports having a baby.
  • Babyproof. Step two after moving is babyproofing the new place. Outlet covers, dresser secures, tv mounts – you name it.
  • Set Up A Nursery. I get it! I’m behind! I still have a crib to buy, walls to paint, pictures to hang. It’s all turning into one big mess!
  • Clean EVERYTHING. If you haven’t listened to the news yet, you should be doing this anyway. And thank you, God, for nesting anxiety! This is one thing I’ve already started on. Wiping down all the baby things, packing it away in storage to keep clean; etc.

Being in the last weeks of pregnancy during a pandemic is really stressful because I don’t know what’s going to happen next! And with most of us out of work – how am I to afford all of this?


The truth is, having a baby is hard work. So having a plan makes things seem a little bit more reasonable. But what happens when a viral outbreak gets in the way? In any case, try and stick to your plans as much as possible and don’t stress out! Remember that you are doing your best for your little baby.

xoxo,

Mama

12 Comments

  • Holly

    Great list! I hope your moving goes smoothly for you! Also, I would like to mention, you don’t have to baby proof right way. Baby won’t be mobile for a few months at least so with everything going on, I would highly recommend giving yourself a break on that item for now! πŸ˜‰

    • KasiaOlszewski

      You are SO right and I’m glad you mentioned that. It always seems like it should be top priority – but I guess it’s because of the word “safety.” Thanks for mentioning and thanks for reading!

  • Sherry M Lee

    I was thinking of all of the new mamas to be recently and wondering how I would have handled what’s going on today. I totally appreciate that you have a complete section on caring for mental health and realizing that they’re not alone. It’s difficult for all of us at this time, but it’s more important than ever to stay positive when growing a new life inside.

    • KasiaOlszewski

      I SO agree – and that’s try I try to be as relatable as possible. We don’t need another momblog pretending to be perfect, we need one saying “hey, this is what I’m going through right now and you probably are, too!” I’m so glad you enjoyed this article. Thanks for reading!

  • Rachel

    Loved reading this! I’m 32 weeks pregnant and have been low-key panicking about this craziness.. But I also find that I’ve been doing a lot of things you’ve shared in this post!

    • KasiaOlszewski

      The pregnancy anxiety is ALL TOO REAL!! I think I find the most I’ve been doing of this list is cleaning EVERY THING… the nesting war has begun. I hope your mind starts to ease soon. Thanks for reading!

  • Katie

    Beautifully written. I was thinking back to my pregnancy and I would be so stressed to be pregnant right now. I really have empathy for the expecting families right now.

    • KasiaOlszewski

      I have had so many mamas in online groups share their worries about delivery during this crazy time – and I truly sympathize with them. That’s what inspired me to write this post! Thank you for reading.

  • Desiree at Fitmomology

    That’s a great list. You really have a great mindset with all of this. I hope that everything continues to go smoothly with the move and everything else. Don’t worry about babyproofing just yet. You’ve got a few months post-baby before that will need to happen.

  • Joy

    You have the right ideas. All the best to you in your last leg of this pregnancy journey and through delivery and new baby time. You will do great mama! 22 weeks along over here (baby #3) coming behind you and cheering you on! Sweet baby Ariella, you will do great too and you have a good mama who will assure you are well taken care of ESPECIALLY if your mama takes care of herself (and allows others to care for her too πŸ˜‰ Much love in life and pregnancy! p.s. Check out “my postpartum regimen” on the blog if you have mental health concerns

    • KasiaOlszewski

      What a sweet and beautiful comment! I’m so glad you’ve stumbled across this article and left your words for me and my mini me. Congratulations on your 3rd baby – I hope the rest of your pregnancy bring a smooth transition as you welcome a new one into your family. xoxo

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