So much of life seems to be out of our control right now. It’s difficult for anyone to experience, but especially agonizing for women in their third trimester of pregnancy.
Studies have shown that during times of inordinate stress, it’s best to focus on what we can secure with confidence. While having a baby is just about the most unpredictable process we know, there are steps you can actively take to shore up support and help you to feel grounded:
- Stay in touch with your care provider regarding protocol. Whether you are planning on giving birth at home, in a birth center or hospital, safety guidelines are changing often. Know what’s required in terms of testing and understand who will be able to support you during labor and birth.
- Did you know that doulas can provide virtual support? If you hired a doula and are unsure if they will be able to be with you physically, inquire about their virtual services.
- Take self-care and de-stressing activities seriously and practice them as often as possible. If you don’t make time for healthy habits now, you are unlikely to easily access them when you need to rely on them most. Trust me – they will serve you during the birth process and in the 4th trimester (the postpartum stage).
- Speaking of postpartum – support is critical! It may not resemble what you had envisioned prior to the pandemic, but it is available! Reproductive therapists are offering services via telehealth and there are many peer support groups available online. Check out Postpartum Support International or your local birth network for more details. You can also arrange for food and other items like diapers to be delivered by friends, family members, houses of worship, and other members of your community.
The phrase “knowledge is power” is especially applicable when it comes to all things prenatal. If you’re interested in learning more about Cord Blood and Tissue Banking, request a free information packet. We’re here to help.