Things to do when you're pregnant and quarantined

Things to do when you're pregnant and quarantined

The current Covid-19 pandemic has re-defined life as we know it. Our ‘new normal’ comes with so much uncertainty. Whether you’re expecting for the first time or third – it’s easy for your mind to go to a dark place falling prey to negativity and fear. There is so much information out there, everyone around is anxious, and there’s so much being said about what you should and shouldn’t do – this can be overwhelming!
Sometimes as much as I am sensitive towards this global crisis and heartbroken about the effects it is having world over, I can’t help but find myself wanting a break from all the Corona talk. It just makes me more anxious than I already am. To help with this I’ve decided to occupy myself with activities and thoughts that make me, and my baby feel good.
If you’re feeling the same way, I hope that what I share helps you get through these unsteady times too.

Let us accept the situation we are in. Let go of the expectations and plans you had. I had a tough time with this – I felt so cheated at the fact that my baby shower had to be called off and that my baby-moon was cancelled too. The anger quickly turned to panic because I was worried about how I’d prep even the essentials for the baby with all the shops being shut.
I quickly realised how lucky I am, where my biggest worries are these. There are so many people suffering out there. I am safe and so is my baby.

Change your attitude
Acceptance of the situation taught me I had to change my attitude. Accepting that ‘it is what it is’ and that this situation is NOT in my control has made me feel less anxious. It has made me value my privilege – I am safe, have healthy food to eat and a loving and dedicated family and doctor to help me through.
I decided to put aside the negative thoughts and be proactive. If these are the cards I’ve been dealt, how best can I play them?
I have come to value this time where I can slow down and reflect and do the things I love. Remember it is always better to focus on what you can do, than what you can’t. I’ve made a new routine for myself – it allows me to work and also make time for some much needed self-care.

Work from home

I make a ‘To Do’ list every evening with all the things I need to achieve on the work front for the next day – calls, sales, planning content, team calls etc. I feel like this is a great time to re-look into our businesses and to re-evaluate our goals. There’s a need to be creative with our plans, especially for those of us who have been greatly restricted by the pandemic and need to find new ways to keep going.
Personally, the time at home has given me the opportunity to take it a bit easy and balance work and self-care. I’m trying to be as innovative as I can.
Also remember if you want to spend this time just relaxing – do it and don’t feel guilty about that. Do what you feel is best for YOU.

Get creative

After nearly 5 years, I have finally gotten back to painting. I would always tell myself I want to start but never had the time. It has been amazing. I had forgotten how therapeutic I found it. Cue some nice jazz music and we have a mood.

Beauty 101

Disclaimer: Consult your dermatologist.
There has never been a better time to indulge in some self-care.
Face masks, hair care, may be even a home mani-pedi?
Stay away from chemical products, opt for natural products and give your skin a break. I have been using some great home remedies for my skin and hair.
Also as a mom-to-be an area I’ve been extremely careful about is my stomach. I tend to feel the itch very often – I’ve been using organic Shea butter all over my tummy and it has been very soothing on my skin and moisturizing.
And don’t get me started on the hair-fall – I’ve been using a great hair oil though by Kama Ayurveda and it’s given me good results.
I’ve recently discovered essential oils and I’m hooked.
I’m starting to think that this beauty routine is going to need a post of its own. What say?

 Food for thought

I’m nearing the end of my second trimester and my appetite has only been increasing. Being forced to stay indoors has definitely curbed my activity a lot. Luckily my family has been encouraging me to eat extremely healthy throughout my pregnancy (of course I give in to the occasional cravings!).
I’ve never been one to enjoy cooking but I’ve given it a shot during this lockdown. I’ve been playing sous-chef to my sister-in-law and I won’t lie, I think I might like cooking after all.
I’m vegetarian and I keep it simple when it comes to food – fruits, veggies, lots of water, veggie soups and two good wholesome roti-sabzi-daal meals. Switch things up with a nice smoothie, some home-made hummus and carrot sticks, or even a nice bowl of sprouts in the evening. Also I recommend keeping some nuts handy – they’re a great snack. I make my own trail mix using almonds, peanuts, cashews, raisins and pistachios. If you’re craving something sweet - bake. I’ve been baking some easy cakes and desserts when I’m craving sweets.
I’ll try sharing some recipes for snacks but if you have some easy and fun recipes – I’d love to hear from you. Post them in the comments below.

They say the baby hears everything.
I’ve been listening to a lot of old school traditional pop and jazz.
I’ve also been listening to baby Mozart and baby Beethoven – heard it’s great for the baby’s brain development. It has been strangely soothing to listen to while I work in the day.

Fitness First
I’ve been practicing yoga at home to keep fit and taking walks in the house, since I can’t go down. I walk for 15 minutes after my meals and practice yoga thrice a week.
My yoga instructor has created a little routine for me but I’ve seen some great pre-natal yoga videos on You-tube that you could try; I will link them below:
(please consult your doctor before trying these - make sure it is safe for you).

Oh Baby!
My baby is going to be here in three months! After my shopping trip abroad got cancelled, I’ve been re-doing all my excel sheets and lists with information on local stockists. I’ve been researching lists made by others in order to understand what I will need immediately and accordingly placing orders with various vendors that are still managing deliveries.
Would you like me to share this list with you?
Apart from these – make time to read, watch movies and binge watch shows.
Talk to the baby, listen to music, eat that cake and just breathe. We will get through this. Lastly, stay strong, stay safe and let’s all be hopeful. I know, being pregnant and homebound is not ideal but we can get through this.
You’ve got this mommy!

If anyone has recommendations for more things to do, please do share them below in the comments.
- Veronna D
  • Sowjanya says...

    Hi. I can’t thank you enough for this😊. I have definitely been positive for most of the time in my pregnancy. But, the dissatisfaction of a canceled baby shower, a sacrifice of my previous daily routine and many other things used to barge into my mind and bring the unwanted depeession and negativity. But after reading this, I feel great and I could relate so much to it. Thank you again. My baby is due in the third week of July. Hope to read more from you.

    On May 29, 2020

  • Ashruti Srivastava says...

    Congratulations ☺️
    This pandemic comes with negativity and it effected everyone including me.
    This could be my happy moment but this Pandemics ruined it.
    I really like your approach and attitude towards that, we are trying to do the same but somewhere in your mind I feel like I can save myself but how I will save my tiny little one.
    Hope things will be fine and we all will go back to our normal.

    On May 29, 2020

  • Sunanda says...

    Nice Blog 👌👌👍👍

    On May 20, 2020

  • Anshita says...

    Hi dear..heartiest congratulations to u..m expecting my baby in ur article..its super awsum..ya it feels very lonely sometimes..coz my inlaws dont stay with me and in dis pandemic cant say whether they can come or not..but still trying to remain positive and calm..

    On May 14, 2020

  • Ragini Chaudhary says...

    Congratulations to all would be Mummas.❤️
    Veronna,U have spread the positivity in my life. I am waiting for the baby and mom essential things.
    Thanks in advance❣️

    On May 08, 2020

  • Jasmine says...

    Hey congratulations!!! I’m pregnant too. Loved reading your post. Do share the list of essentials to keep ready before baby’s arrival. Looking forward for your new post. And hence want to wish you for a great pregnancy ahead. Stay safe.

    On May 01, 2020

  • Rajni Puri says...

    Lovely blog…. My due month is August… yes I m also feeling very negative this time but after going through your blog… We can change our attitude n think positive…. Thank u soo much.

    On May 01, 2020

  • Vathsala says...

    Hi Veronna, Firstly congratulations ❤️. I’m a pregnant due in July 1st week. I was upset as I could not have baby shower as planned with so much excitement and no maternity shoot. But need to accept the situation and be concerned about safety as first priority.Feels good that got time to spend with the partner. Please do share the baby essentials list and post pregnancy mom essentials needed in handy. Also I have a concern on how safe it is to buy new things online or instore in such situation. What precautions should be taken when we buy the things ?

    Thanking in advance… Happy motherhood everyone here❤️🙂

    On Apr 24, 2020

  • Elizabeth says...

    I loved reading the blog . I have just completed 28 weeks and its refreshing to have read such a positive article.

    On Apr 24, 2020

  • Alisha Banerjee says...

    Please share the list of utems with us. I sm 30 weeks pregnant. I will try to stock in few things beforehand if i can. And its a wonderful write up. Thanks for lessening my anxiety to some extent …

    On Apr 23, 2020

  • Rosy says...

    Thank you for the positive words.. I am in my 32nd week of pregnancy. I am at home with my husband and son. Totally going through the same phase.. Having positive thoughts, doing house chores, listening to Mozart, watching fun videos and spending time with my elder one. Please do post more thoughts.

    On Apr 17, 2020

  • Priyanka Jain says...

    Hey firstly congrats, I am 7 months pregnant with a due date nearin to first week of July..
    You really have penned down my thoughts my anxiety perfectly. Adding to the latter, m stuck at my mom’s place away from my husband. That makes it a really sad situation for me.
    Keeping all the negative thoughts and energy aside I have now put on a real wide smile on my face. I have scheduled my day with 5-6 small meals, morning yoga sessions, walking for atleast 30-40 mins in intervals a day, meditation, some fun binge watching and listening to soothing music while cooking.
    This routine has actually made me positive. I am happy so is my baby 😊

    On Apr 17, 2020

  • Pooja says...

    Hey…reallly nice write up…loved it…I too am in my 7 th month of pregnancy and my baby is due end July…U we’re spot on regarding the facts that’s we have to accept the situation and maybeforgoing a babymoon and babyshower are not the worst things to happen..but the truth is I’m happy as long as my baby is healthy and fine…regarding shopping for the baby even I’m a bit anxious as I have purchased nothing..could u send me ur list too and the vendors that are open now…

    On Apr 17, 2020

  • Rasagnya says...

    I am 6 months pregnant too. You have penned down my emotions exactly. Thanks for the article though. Together we can encourage each other through these tough times and deliver healthy babies

    On Apr 16, 2020

  • Veronna D says...

    I am so overwhelmed reading all the responses here. More posts coming soon!!

    On Apr 16, 2020

  • Jasmita Monga says...

    Hey… your post is lovely and very inspiring for all mother’s out there who soon are going to give birth to a baby. I share the same situation with you. I am too 6 months pregnant and had many plans.. was little depressed with the scenario taking place all over the world but yes I can confidently say that after reading your blog it feels much better.. Although I am too following the same routine but couldn’t realize that I was at my best. The only I would love to share with ladies out there is that we must give at least fifteen minutes a day to meditation especially pregnant women as this makes you emotionally strong and your baby as well.. I would recommend meditation by Lara Dutta and BK Shivani. It not only includes spirituality but also a great ray of hope and trust that everything will be alright. Thanks a lot and strength to everyone..

    On Apr 16, 2020

  • Kanchan Parikh says...

    Vero ♥️ I read this entire blog with your voice.
    You’re strong. And you will overcome this. This is a wonderful post and it’s showing us that exact strength thay you’re full of and that your baby is going to have.. of fixing shit and moving on! Love you. And your lists :*
    Looking forward to reading more posts ♥️

    On Apr 14, 2020

  • Rosemary Joy says...

    These times are so uncertain and being pregnant during all this can be so overwhelming. None of it is as you imagined it would be and you find yourself fighting so hard not to let this whole affair tarnish this sacred time in any way. But the thing is, it’s okay, it’s okay to not have it together all the time. We’re all struggling, we’re all finding our way in this unknown and we really should just be easier on ourselves during this time.
    And who knows, this crazy, unfamiliar journey may turn out to be just what we needed during this time in our lives.
    I’ve found the best way for me to cope with it has been to, like you said, accept it all and then some. I completely accept that things are going to be uncertain for most probably the rest of the year and then some. The way I look at it, if it gets better before that time, I will be happy for it, but at least I won’t feel disheartened that the timeline in my head didn’t work out in reality. And I can finally let go of what I imagined it to be and focus on being grateful for it all instead.
    It was so nice to read an article from another pregnant mama. Just knowing someone else is going through this (although obvious), gives me such reassurance. Sorry I went on and on, just had to get it all of my chest.
    Those first two points are everything, really.✨ Trying hard to work on fitness currently. 🤞🏽🤟🏽 Totally binging on ‘baby essential’ lists and would love to see yours.
    Our baby love is due end of June.

    On Apr 13, 2020

  • Veronna D says...

    Thank you so much for the encouragement. It really made my day.
    I am going to start working on the blog posts, keeping your suggestions in mind.
    Stay safe! Chat soon.

    On Apr 13, 2020

  • Ankita Naik says...

    Hi Veronna,

    Loved your blog. I am 7 months pregnant and after reading this blog I am filled with positivity. I am charged up to follow a routine that keeps me in a good place. I would love to know the recipes you are cooking. I am quarantined alone with my husband. So lot of pressure to do home chores along with cooking. It would be a great help if you could share some easy healthy recipes.
    I would be grateful if you could share the list of things you are buying for the coming baby & the vendors list too. As that is one thing difficult to find in these times.

    Lastly want to wish you a great pregnancy ahead ❤️

    Stay blessed!

    On Apr 13, 2020

  • Apeksha Bafna says...

    Hey congrats 1stly and me also in the same boat also due in 3 months July 3rd week and could relate to your article fully…do share what vendors doing deliveries cos I would also like to order the essentials which I also had left for later to get….do lemme know

    On Apr 13, 2020

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