Pregnancy at any stage can feel like the longest marathon of your life. Especially if this baby was long ago planned and greatly anticipated! Oh, and did I mention, ESPECIALLY if you are practicing physical (social) distancing right now.
Work, social activities, the gym, even shopping were great distraction tactics before COVID-19, but now you are left twirling your thumbs at home or spending hours on social media reading all the scariest headlines and health updates.
Fear not! Below, I have listed 10 great ways to keep busy while social distancing and pregnant! Instead of allowing your mind to fixate on the things that you cannot control, why not fill your days with joy and great anticipation for the little one about to make their entrance!
1) KEEP A PREGNANCY JOURNAL
If you haven’t started this already, it’s not too late! Tell baby what’s going on in the world, where they’ve been while they were in the womb, how you told friends and family you were expecting. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy – even the dollar stores really have the cutest journals these days! You can include ultrasound photos, pregnancy tests and other keepsakes in the journal. Alternatively, some people enjoy filling a box with items that hold memory from their pregnancy. If journaling isn’t something that comes naturally to you, considering investing in a guided pregnancy journal such as this one.
2) TAKE UP A HOBBY
Taking up a hobby really is one of the best forms of self-care. Now is the perfect time to take up a hobby you’ve been wanting to try, or get back into an old one that you since have become too busy to continue with. No, your hobby attempts don’t have to be Instagram-worthy, they just have to bring you joy. And no, you don’t have to start a coin collection or take up sewing like your grandmother (unless you want too, these are my hobbies so no shame here!). Consider trying macramé, water colour painting, calligraphy, or colouring books.
3) CREATE A POSTPARTUM PLAN
“Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.”
It’s true. Especially when it comes to postpartum planning. With your partner, think through who can come to visit and when, who will help if the birth is a c-section, who can you call on for meal, how you will tell people you’ve had the baby. It can also be helpful to ask mom friends if they have some favourite products that made their postpartum period easier. For example, their favourite peri-bottle, sitz bath or nipple cream.
4) GET A HEAD START ON NESTING
We still don’t really know why pregnant people and their partners have this instinct to clean during the final days of pregnancy! Whatever stage of pregnancy you are in right now, it’s never too early to start cleaning, sorting and organizing. Make room for your little one by purging and donating those things that no longer serve need in your home. In other words, Marie condo the crap out of your house!
5) COMMIT TO JOINING THE BEST ONLINE PRENATAL CLASS
No need to feel guilty anymore about not having time for that prenatal class you’ve been meaning to take! Our online prenatal class, Skip the Baby Books, is evidence-based and informed – you can take from the comfort of your home. There really isn’t any detail left out in this all-encompassing class and coaching program! Go questions? We are ready to answer them! Book a time to chat with one of our Concierges
Interested in sampling some of our classes? CLICK HERE to join our free mini-series of prenatal classes starting next week.
6) GET YOUR HEALTH ON
Staying active is a great way to boost your immunity and to prepare you for the marathon that is labour!
Currently, health experts in Canada are permitting outside walks which can be rejuvenating for both your physical and mental health! As long as you are walking alone or with someone you already live with, being outside is a wonderful way to exercise and make social distancing a little more bearable! A 30-minute walk per day during pregnancy is absolutely golden! If you prefer to get your health on inside, there are plenty of wonderful prenatal workout videos available on YouTube for you to try. Pick your favourite one and try incorporating it daily.
Finally, it’s important that you don’t skip out on your prenatal appointments. Unless indicated otherwise, prenatal care is still of upmost importance even if it means briefly breaking your physical distancing. Rest assured that your health care provider will be taking every possible precaution during your appointment and will cancel any non-essential appointments.
7) CATCH UP WITH FRIENDS & FAMILY USING VIRTUAL SOFTWARE
If you aren’t already doing so, take advantage of virtual connections in the age of modern technology! No need to be alone, even when you are feeling lonely. I’ve been planning at least one call for every evening with a friend or family member. This gives me something to look forward to as I usual would fill my free time with coffee dates with friends anyway. Almost everyone’s schedule is looking pretty open nowadays, so what better time to catch up!
8) BINGE THAT SHOW YOU’VE BEEN WAITING TO WATCH
Let’s not pretend we won’t be watching more Netflix right now! It’s all good. Instead of choosing some of the recommended documentaries on past pandemics (why Netflix, why?!), considering watching or re-watching your favourite comedies to lighten the mood and relieve stress! If you don’t mind a little crude humour, we highly recommend Ali Wong’s comedy specials on pregnancy and motherhood!
You can use a chrome extension like Netflix Party that allows you to watch shows with your friends!
9) TRY COOKING SOME NEW RECIPES
I read a meme recently that said, “If you don’t come out of this pandemic a master chef, you’re not doing it right”. I’m taking this very seriously! It’s been fun to try new recipes and has required some creativity given the grocery store situation. If you are hoping to try some new recipes that are great for you and your growing baby check out this cookbook! And if you’re close enough to the end of your pregnancy, you can pop some of these meals in the freezer to help ensure you have easy meals for those early postpartum days to come.
10) PICK A BABY-RELATED SKILL TO MASTER
Now really is the time to do all those baby related things you’ve been putting off! If there is a baby related skill that you have been hoping to master before baby comes, do all the research, ask all the questions! Perhaps you’ve been interested in learning how to baby wear? Or you’ve been wanting to research whether cloth diapering is right for your family? Or, let’s be honest, you really just need to learn how to put a diaper on in the first place! Make it your goal to gain at least one new skill that will benefit you in the postpartum period. Get your partner involved too!
Did I mention that we cover all of this and more in our Skip the Baby Books online prenatal program 🙂
Thanks for reading, please be sure to share with your expectant friends!! Let us know how your physical distancing while pregnant has been going! Have some added ideas? Drop them in the comments 🙂