When you’re pregnant during a pandemic, things can get a bit overwhelming. You will be faced with many challenges, and navigating pregnancy through a pandemic can be quite an ordeal. Financial instability, limited access to prenatal care, and the constant worry of contracting the virus can make your journey less exciting. But let us remind you, being pregnant in a pandemic does come with a few surprising benefits. Curious to know what they are?
Continue reading our post as we list down the perks of being pregnant during a pandemic.
1. You Don’t Have To Splurge On Maternity Clothes
With the pandemic, the chances of you leaving the house are very rare. When you’re home, a pair of track pants and your hubby’s t-shirt is all you need to feel cozy. And when you do leave the house to run an errand, an oversized t-shirt and black leggings are all you need. You don’t have to worry about finding appropriate workwear or squeezing your swollen feet into pumps. There is no hassle of finding bump-friendly dresses or maternity jeans, and you will be saving a ton of money as well.
2. Curbside Pickup Is A Legit Service
Thanks to the pandemic, you can now collect your order from your vehicle as the restaurant or store staff will bring it to you. Not only will this service allow you to keep a safe distance from others, but it will also save you time and effort, especially when you’re in your third trimester, and shopping and waiting in queues become quite exhausting.
3. It Becomes Easier For You To Exercise
With the pandemic and working from home, you can now find some time to exercise based on your convenience. You can go for a morning stroll, do some prenatal yoga in your balcony, or squeeze in some time in the evening for your workout routine. PS: Ensure that you speak to your doctor and get their approval before following any workout routine.
4. Your Cravings Can Easily Be Fulfilled
Between food delivery and curbside pickup service, your cravings can easily be fulfilled at all times. Whether you are craving an ice cream sundae with chocolate sauce drizzled on top or spicy chicken wings, the plethora of options available ensures that you don’t have to leave your house and can enjoy your midnight cravings in your pajamas with no extra cost.
5. More ‘Me Time’
The pandemic slowed down life for all of us. It has given families an opportunity to bond and spend quality time with each other and find happiness in small things. Before the arrival of the baby, expecting mamas love spending some time alone by themselves and feel relaxed. However, finding some time just for yourself can be a real struggle towards the end of the pregnancy. But thanks to the pandemic, you can now have more ‘me time’ for a relaxing spa at home or binge-watch your favorite show with comfort food.
6. You Don’t Have To Worry About Hiding Your Baby Bump
Most often, mom-to-be’s choose not to share the news of their pregnancy until after the first trimester. This means hiding the baby bump in unflattering dresses or sweaters. Pregnant women also have to lie their way out of office parties and find new excuses to say no to alcohol, which can be a bit tiring. But with the pandemic, women no longer have to worry about hiding their bellies and can wear clothes they like. There is also no one second-guessing your behavior as to why you are not going for that second cup of coffee or toasting to your co-worker’s promotion.
7. You Can Vomit In Your Own Home
Morning sickness can be a real pain in the a**, especially when you have to deal with it from your office desk. It could be uncomfortable when you have to lie to your co-workers about the constant food poisoning you’ve been getting or why you haven’t consulted a doctor yet. But now, you can vomit at your own home without having to worry about anything or anyone else.
8. You Can Look Like A Hot Mess All Day Long
With minimum social contact, you don’t have to worry about your appearance. There is no need to put on makeup or tidy up your hair, especially when you’re too tired from all the vomiting. You could embrace the messiness and do things at your own pace, even if it means rocking a messy bun and sweatpants.
9. No Unsolicited Pregnancy And Parenthood Advice
There’s no escaping from unsolicited advice when you’re pregnant. People take the liberty of bombarding you with tips, suggestions, and advice when it comes to anything concerning pregnancy and parenthood. They’ll tell you how to raise your child, what to name your baby, how to deal with nausea, and question you on why you haven’t been following their advice. While most people mean well and come from a place of concern and love, there’s no denying that unsolicited advice can get overwhelming and annoying real quick. But because of fewer face-to-face interactions caused by the pandemic, such interactions will most likely be limited to your parents and in-laws.
10.Less Belly Touching And Judgemental Remarks
No matter how well-meaning their intentions are, the belly gropes, and judgmental remarks can make women feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. Pregnant women often have to hear about how much weight they’ve put on during social interactions, and it’s just not fun! With social interaction to the bare minimum and zoom calls that only show your face, pregnant women no longer have to deal with such insensitive remarks.
11. No Unwanted House Guests After Delivery
The last thing that new parents want is to entertain guests. While most guests respect the rules of newborn visits, others overstay their welcome. But with the pandemic and social isolation, you no longer have to worry about playing host. You can now focus on bonding with the baby, tending to parenting duties, and recovering after childbirth.
12. You Save A Lot!
Welcoming a newborn into your life can be quite expensive. But now that you no longer have to commute to work, restrict outside visits, and step out only for the essentials, you can save some amount of money, if not a lot.
There are definitely a few downfalls to being pregnant during a pandemic. But during such unprecedented times, the only way to move forward is by looking on the bright side.