Pregnant or a New Parent? 5 tips to help you navigate COVID-19’s New World Order.
It definitely seems like a strange new world out there these days. COVID-19 has turned most things on its head, leaving people stressed and isolated. This is likely even more apparent if you’re pregnant or have just given birth and are adjusting to parenthood.
We acknowledge and understand that many of you as expectant or new parents will be feeling quite anxious and overwhelmed. Antenatal classes and support groups are no longer running due to social distancing and securing an appointment with your Maternal and Child Health practitioner might seem more difficult than ever before.
Here are some tips from us on ways to combat loneliness if you are feeling isolated with a young child
- Communicate with your supports/friends/family – there are various ways to stay in touch. Decide how often you want to connect through video or via phone. Set up a regular chat or a Family Zoom Party!
- Stick to your usual schedules where possible – including time for some self-care for both parents.
- Exercise as much as you can – exercise is a great way to help you not only physically but emotionally
- Mindfulness for all - a great way to calm our emotions and there are many Mindfulness Apps for Adults and Children
- Do you have questions around pregnancy or parenting such as:-
- What should I be learning in Childbirth Education?
- What are the ways I might deliver my baby?
- How can I establish breastfeeding?
- What if my newborn is unsettled and crying?
For those of you who might be affected by all this we want you to know that you’re not alone. Safe Sleep Space and our sister company Nourish Baby can help (especially with regards to point #5 above).
With an understanding that every infant, toddler and parent is unique, Safe Sleep Space and Nourish Baby are fully accredited with the Australian Council of Healthcare Services (EQuIP6). We offer support and knowledge for a better understanding of your baby's needs, cues and capabilities, and give you workable strategies for creating an emotional and physical ‘safe sleep space’.
We’re here to help. Call us on 1300 775 337 with any enquiries. Till then, take care, be safe and look after yourself!
- Cindy Davenport