Pregnancy is normally a time full of excitement, for new arrivals and new additions to families, but with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, how are pregnant women in Lincoln coping?
Eliza Curtis, who is 34 weeks pregnant, told LSJ News about how hospital check-ups have changed since the lockdown began.
“I’ve had several hospital appointments since lockdown began. There is hardly anyone there. Midwives, doctors and nurses are all wearing masks, gloves and plastic aprons and are asking for you to sanitise your hands on entry to the wards. Most of the midwives I talk to express how strange and worried they feel about things but they are all still very positive and friendly as ever.”
With the introduction of the lockdown in March 2020, it was suggested that instead of the initial three-week proposal, pregnant women should stay inside for up to 12 weeks. For women who are pregnant and already have young children, this news came as a shock. With many parents and carers taking on the role of teacher, pregnant women must juggle between childcare and looking after themselves.
Leanne Bainborough, who is pregnant with her second child told of her son’s adjustment to being at home.
“I’m coping well, I tend to avoid public places anyway (shopping, town etc.) So this doesn’t bother me. My husband is doing the shopping. My son on the other hand is 3 years old, he doesn’t understand. He keeps asking to visit his nan, grandma, grandad, cousins etc… which is hard when we are used to seeing them weekly. Also his nursery is closed and he used to go twice a week and loved it, this has had an impact on him too.”
Some women are anxious about family members not being able to see the new addition to the family once born. Many women will have to use online resources such as FaceTime, or Zoom calls to introduce the birth of their little one.
Bethany Ann Donnovan, who is in her third trimester, explained her worry at the potential of having to introduce her baby to the world through the internet.
“I am also extremely worried for what the world is going to be like when the baby is due in July. I am extremely close to my family and the thought of them meeting my newborn over FaceTime/technology is heartbreaking. Hopefully by July restrictions are some what a little lifted, although I don’t want them to be if we are still in the same situation. I just want everyone to be safe, especially my little family!”
With the public slowing down on stockpiling products, many women are still struggling to get the essentials they need for their newborns, with items such as nappies, formula and baby wipes being restricted.
As the quarantine continues, support has been provided online for those that may be struggling to adjust to the new conditions. A Facebook group called “Pregnancy, New Mum’s & Mums With Many In Isolation”, has been set up to give advice and support to expectant mothers in and around the UK.