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Staying Connected

I am writing this article in the year 2020-2021 which of course is the same year that our country experienced a pandemic. One of the detrimental effects of the Coronavirus has been isolation.

During a time in which you may have worked extra hard to protect yourself and your baby from the virus, you may have also withdrawn from family or friends. Although the social distancing has been a recommendation to decrease exposure to the virus, it has also caused differing degrees of loneliness and maybe even sadness as you miss out on sharing time with those you love.

This is a perfect time to take up a new habit that is possible when you are alone. You might consider journaling your thoughts, using social media, or even video conferencing to stay in touch with loved ones and document wonderful events during your pregnancy.

Maybe you are someone who really loved going to the gym for a workout and you miss that now. How about purchasing online exercise apps and continuing to enjoy safe physical activity right at home? Perhaps meditation or yoga have been helpful to you in the past and those activities can also be done at home.

Whatever you choose to do to stay active, remember that staying connected is also important during this very special time in your life. Even if by phone or other media, talk often with those who support and encourage you!

Dr. Cheryl Sharp, Chief Content Officer
Cheryl is a midwife and women's health nurse practitioner who has been caring for women, newborns, and families more than 30 years. She views the opportunity to journey with women through their pregnancy and beyond as a sacred privilege.