A pandemic is never something that one expects during his or her lifetime. But 2020 was an exception. The entire world came to a standstill, thanks to the spread of the coronavirus, and now, everyone has some guidelines to stick to in order to survive COVID-19.
Words like social distancing, quarantine and face masks became part and parcel of life. While the pandemic posed tremendous difficulties in almost all spheres of life, motherhood and parenting braced themselves for a whole new set of challenges.
Lockdown and its unique challenges
Lockdowns in various countries had different rules and regulations that had couples divided over whether they were effective or not. One of the rules hospitals and clinics suggested was allowing one of the spouses or partners inside clinical establishments for both checkups and deliveries.
Additionally, people had to live in bubbles and not mix with people who may be exposed to the outside world. Another challenge that people faced was commuting to and from hospitals during medical emergencies.
How can one maintain social distancing and yet celebrate new parenthood?
Having a baby is an occasion in itself for every family. It gives them a reason to not only celebrate but also bond with other members. But the pandemic has made it mandatory to restrict gatherings in large numbers.
People who’ve had babies for the first time found it difficult initially. But technology came to the rescue. Apps like Zoom, Skype, Whatsapp and plenty of other video call options helped in bridging the gap between family members.
Another thing to keep in mind is that it’s always essential to lend an ear to new parents if you’re a family member. But it’s important to ensure that you do not pass judgement or doubt their parenting capabilities. Everyone learns in their own way and at their own pace. It’s always better to listen to them and provide ample support.
Making being a new mom easier
Motherhood demands that one accommodates drastic changes in their daily schedules and timelines. Dietary and emotional changes are also involved, making it a challenge to have a normal day post-pregnancy. Add to it the baby’s feeding and changing schedules and other household chores; the day can end up being overwhelming.
Finding the right kind of forum where one can talk about these things can prove to be helpful. There are various online communities, blogs and even offline support groups that can help sort out a new mother’s routine. Add to it, advice from a medical professional. These can make things clear, if not easy.
The pandemic also had a negative impact on people’s mental health. New mothers tend to suffer from postpartum depression, and if the stress of staying indoors adds to it, things can get difficult for them. The best thing to do would be to constantly be in touch with a paediatrician, an obstetrician or a therapist if needed. Such professional help can lighten the burden to a great extent. For further help, sharing thoughts and feelings with one’s spouse, parents and relatives are always beneficial.
Your baby is the top priority
The raging pandemic has given rise to many questions, especially those related to masks and social distancing. It’s important to know that a baby need not wear a mask. But anyone around the baby, who may be above the age of two, needs to cover his or her face. In case the mother still finds it difficult to manage everything alone, consider safely moving into her family’s house while keeping track of social distancing and quarantine guidelines. It’s also always the best idea to constantly keep a doctor in the loop before taking any major decision.
Even though all of these seem to be a hassle, the pandemic isn’t going to be a permanent part of our lives. Your baby will make it all seem worth the effort further on in life. The most important thing to remember is, don’t let fear overpower you.