Work was always going to be a slightly more stressful place at present with the mention of the dreaded C word as we all know it comes with a lot of unknowns and added pressures, whatever your situation.
For me I have found it a completely different challenge as I was already adapting to working whilst being pregnant, but with the recent pandemic this got cut a lot shorter then planned and I have become a lot more accustomed to the same 4 walls which I call my ‘home’ being in self isolation being classed as ‘high risk’.
With the little bundle (my first) ready to drop anytime this month, I already have no idea of what to expect but with COVID-19 around it has added extra pressure and also worry on how do you bring a human being into this world right now?
Trust me the stress levels shot through the roof on that one!
However, this is where for me the NHS have really been supportive to parents to be, and despite having to make major changes such as no partners attending any appointments such as scans, blood tests etc and the huge unknown of whether you can even have the dad with you during labour is extremely daunting – I can’t thank the local midwife team enough for just keeping in touch, trying to reassure everyone that everything will be fine and that you just have to remember baby and you come first.
I’ve also joined local Facebook groups of first timers in the same situation and it’s nice to share advice and talk about what others are experiencing or what the local hospital is doing to help.
Having also ZOOM and WhatsApp communication has also been great just to keep in contact with everyone from friends, family and also work colleagues – I don’t feel like anything is wrong or that I’m alone.
This is a huge learning curve for me and I feel I am conquering it and remember any other mums-to-be out there, we’ve got this!