We found out we were pregnant with our son right after Thanksgiving and although it was unexpected we were excited and so grateful that God blessed us with another child. Pregnancy comes with so many feelings of anticipation and excitement but for me it also comes with lots of anxiety about giving birth due to my traumatic afterbirth experience after I gave birth to my daughter. From great doctors visits that I was able to experience with my husband & daughter, to good diagnostics on myself and the baby, the beginning of my pregnancy was smooth.
When national news of Coronavirus hit it was a lot to digest because at once. Every day it was a different story, symptom and type of person that it did and did not affect. The added stress of worrying if my toddler, unborn child, husband or myself were to catch this started to weigh on me heavily. Our state started the mandatory stay-at-home order in March around the time when I was 17 weeks along.
When the stay-at-home order hit my husband stayed home from work and I was grateful for that because we got in some much needed bonding time as a couple and as a family. He went from working 15 hour work days to being a stay-at-home dad and watching him bond with our daughter was amazing. I was able to have extra time to myself and relax.
Going in for doctors visits was a different experience. I couldn’t have anyone with me, so my husband would drive me to the hospital and when you get to the door they take your temperature, give you a mandatory mask and ask if have any symptoms or if I’ve been in contact with anyone that’s suspected of having the virus.
It was especially hard when I went in for the appointment to find out the gender of the baby. The nurse was so sweet and wrote down the gender in an envelope for us and when I got back to the car we opened it together and it was a moment I’ll never forget. I screamed because I was happy to find out and cried because it was something that we were able to experience together with this pregnancy.
It sucks that my hubby or daughter can’t come to appointments with me and see the baby move around in my belly on ultrasounds. Sitting in the room by myself with the nurse doing the ultrasounds I wish that they could be there with me to see those small movements, facial expressions and wiggles the baby makes, but due to Covid they can’t.
I pray that things are better when I’m due in August. I hope that my husband, daughter and family are able to be at the hospital when I bring our son into the world.
Although this has been a pregnancy that I will never forget, this pandemic has made us focus on family life more and taught me to treasure the small moments. It’s also taught me that its ok to be sad about things that have come with abrupt changes, but just don’t get stuck there in those feelings. When things don’t go as planned, just make the best of the situation and try and find the good in each situation.
Oh mama, you are looking good!
It must be so hard doing most of it by yourself. Happy to hear that you got the gender in an envelope though, so you could share that moment!
Congrats on the pregnancy!
Love from Sweden 😀
Thank you for sharing. I remember having my three and could not imagine being pregnant right now. I agree this complex season in life has taught me to value each and every moment with family.
Jessica Collazo says
Please stay safe during this uncertain times this picture looks so adorable.
i can’t imagine being pregnant during the pandemic. It must be so nerve wracking. You’ve stayed so strong!
Oh wow. I would have been a nervous wreck if I were pregnant during the quarantine. I’d be panicking over every cough and sneeze.
Nicole Anderson | Camping for Women says
In the face of this awful pandemic, it is such incredible news that you are expecting. Congratulations! This is a real joy for your family right now, even during COVID. I can understand your concern about your husband and daughter not being able to be with you at the moment, but hopefully, things will change for the better before August. Best wishes for every happiness to you and your family in the meanwhile.
I hope your husband can be with you when you give birth. I know I couldn’t do it alone!
I can’t imagine being pregnant right now, but I do agree that you should take advantage of the slow, family time. It’s something we will miss when this is all over.
Celebrate Woman Today says
So great to see you are doing well and handling the pregnancy in a healthy way. Your little boy in the picture is so cute, too!
the joyous living says
oh wow. that is rough. i did not even think about how appointments are changed too. sorry you have to make these adjustments and compromises. but stay healthy!!
Stephanie Stebbins says
Congratulations! I am so happy for you! I was wondering what it would be like for someone who was pregnant right now. I’m so glad to hear that you are staying safe!
Rose Ann Sales says
I could imagine how nervous and worried I would be if I was pregnant during the quarantine. I bet my anxiety would keep me up at night. Lol.
Pati Robins says
hope you stay safe my friend , and i bet its a challenging time for you atm with covid
Kathy Kenny Ngo says
You are so brave. I would have freaked out and panicked like a mad woman.
Congrats on your pregnancy. These are trying times but we’ll all pull through. Your pictures are so cute.
Love from Nigeria
Subhashish Roy says
Congratulations. So happy for you. It’s a difficult time now though for any illness as people are really scared to visit a hospital. But my best wishes for you for a trouble free delivery.
Congratulations on being able to overcome the struggles of pregnancy! I’m glad you stood strong even if you encountered many obstacles especially because we’re in the middle of a pandemic, I’m rooting for you and your child!
Krysten Quiles says
Thank you for sharing your journey. I imagine it has to be strange navigating this landscape, but it sounds like you’re making the best of it.
Cyndi Buchanan says
This has got to be a scary time to be pregnant. Glad you are staying safe.
Gervin Khan says
Congratulation! I’m so happy for you, having a child is truly a blessing and a heritage from God. Keep safe always and take care of your baby boy.
I could even imagine how you might have felt. I realy hope too that your daughter and husband is with you during your delivery. Stay blessed. All will be well.
Marie Phillips says
Good for you for being strong in spite of the uncertainty. I hope that things are back to normal so you can give birth normally surrounded by family!
My friends had their first baby a couple weeks ago. Due to Covid the husband has been forced to stay home so it’s been so nice that they’ve been able to experience the newborn stage together all day long.
I can only imagine how nervous you must be. I remember my pregnancy and how I felt, and the world was ‘normal’, no pandemics and things like that. But trust that everything will be fine. The important thing is that you and baby are healthy.
It is really a very good news for you and for your entire family..congratulations for this good news…It is seriously quite inspiring for others as you are bravely handling everything…hope everthing soon gets fine and totally agree with your point that things don’t go as planned so we should always get the most of everything..well hope you have an amazing life ahead..Stay safe..stay blessed..?
Kuntala Bhattacharya says
You are brave, nice and beautiful. Congratulations and stay safe and healthy. May God grant you all the courage. Prayers for you and your baby.
I can’t imagine how hard it must be to go to your check-ups on your own. It is indeed a very difficult time we are going through. I would be scared to even go to a clinic. I have a friend who’s mom is a GP and the stories she tell me… especially about the lack of protective equipment.
Pregnancy is a really beautiful time but also a little bit scary, especially during the current situation. I’m glad you were able to share the gender reveal with your husband.
Emman Damian says
Congratulations! You are doing well. I pray for your safe delivery!
The Backpacksters says
Oh wow! Congratulation. Glad you are keeping healthy and safe!
I can only imagine how difficult it must be to be going through pregnancy in such trying times.
wow, this much be a very scary time for you! But congratulations!
Papa Jack says
This is so exciting. I remember out days when my wife was having this same season. I pray that this baby Danny Jr. will come out as normal full-term baby.
Melanie williams says
Firstly a massive congratulations to you. I could not begin to imagine what it would be like being pregnant during all this, but you are doing fab stay strong x
An interesting time to be pregnant, but we all are adapting depending on our situation. Congratulations, how exciting!
You are a true survivor for surviving this pandemic while being pregnant! I couldn’t imagine be in the same condition during this pandemic.
Jackline A says
Firstly congrats on your pregnancy and thank you for sharing your story. I can only imagine how difficult it has been.
I had my daughter, now 4 months old, just before everything hit the fan. I think the hardest part would be not having someone with me for appointments. Soon enough you’ll have your wonderful baby with you and it’ll be amazing.
Congratulations and I am praying for your safe pregnancy. This is definitely a different and challenging time to be pregnant but I wish the best for you and your family. Hope things will be better by August.
Congratulations and I am praying for your safe pregnancy. This is definitely a different and challenging time to be pregnant but I wish the best for you and your family. Hope things will be better by August. 🙂
khoingn | The Broad Life says
Such a great and inspiring story you shared!
I had to move my wedding due to the covid, and I can understand how things are significantly affected by the virus. That could be the most boring, and … craziest moment I have ever had.
Things are now better in my country. And that become the most !@#$#%# memory in my life.
Dreams Abroad says
Your child is so cute. I love that you had the nurse write it down for you. I love that ice cream.
GENNY GALL says
Something that you have to have on mind is trying to avoid and stay away from
people that are sick
Congratulations, on your new bundle of joy! I could imagine the type of anxiety all the expecting mom are going through. I will be praying for safe delivery and baby. I hope everything goes back to normal by August. I wish you nothing but the best.
Elizabeth O says
Congratulations on having baby boy. Just keep strong and stay healthy this time of pandemic.
Nicole Hood says
Congrats Mama! I love the Ben and Jerry’s photo. I know this is such a scary time but you;ve got this!
I am on my 23rd weeks and I have all the anxiety because of Covid. Please be safe always