January 20, 2020.
I could never forget this date since it’s when my OB-GYN confirmed that I was already two months pregnant with my first child. It came as a sweet surprise for my husband and me, considering we had only stopped using birth control not too long ago. We did it in hopes of having a baby soon, and so it made us happy to know that we won’t need to wait for long.
The following month passed by for us without a hitch. I did not crave for much except for vanilla ice cream and French fries, so my husband did not have a tough time with me. My morning sickness also went away after the first week; that’s why I could fulfill my work-related obligations as efficiently as before.
The problem only came around March when it was broadcast that the US was poised to have the highest number of COVID-19 cases worldwide. We heard about several patients in other states, but we had no idea how much the virus had spread until that moment. So, my office naturally shut down temporarily to shield both the clients and employees from the pandemic.
I felt incredibly thankful when I received a memo about the latter, considering I was—still am—pregnant and at high risk of catching the coronavirus. However, I knew that staying at home would not be enough to protect myself and my unborn child against the virus. That pushed me to:
Stop Accepting Any Guest At Home
Since I am a people-person, and many relatives live nearby, my husband and I always play host to some of them on the weekends. We typically have a BBQ party at night and chat and play games. It has been going on since we got engaged and started living together, so we were used to this setup.
However, once I learned that the coronavirus could be transmitted by talking to someone, I called our loved ones and informed them that we wouldn’t be accepted guests at this time. It was not because I suspected all of them to be virus carriers; it’s just that I had to get rid of every possibility of testing positive for COVID-19. Luckily, our loved ones understood us, so we would see each other again when the pandemic is over.
Since I do not have a delicate pregnancy, I have continued going to the gym. My instructors only had to modify the exercises so that they would become suitable for my growing belly. Unfortunately, when the gym closed due to the coronavirus, I stopped working out and claimed that it was okay for expectant mothers to do that.
As it turns out, though, exercising is more essential now than ever, especially for pregnant women like me. I need to get rid of internal toxins and strengthen my body so that I won’t catch any disease. Hence, I started doing yoga, Pilates, and other light exercises indoors, and I love its results.
Shop For Everything Online
I was not on board with the idea of shopping for anything online. My mother taught me that I should not buy stuff that I have not touched or seen in person; that’s why I used to handpick meat, fruits, and vegetables.
But now that there is a global health crisis, and my pregnancy makes me prone to illnesses, I have embraced online shopping. I figured that it is better than having COVID-19, so that’s how I get our groceries. My husband merely gets the delivered items at our doorstep when they come, and then we are set for an entire week or so.
Protecting your pregnant self against coronavirus is not as challenging as it may seem. The key is to stay at home at all costs to avoid coming near anyone who may have the virus.
Stay safe, mommies!