I’m well aware most, if not everyone, knows whats going on in the world and how Covid-19 has affected many parts of our life. But, even though this is a special time for my family, it is also strange and new. I wanted to make sure I documented this in a blog post, so I can look back and remember just how different it all was.
Firstly, it seems that anyone that got pregnant during ‘lockdown’ was being slightly mocked or made fun of for not socially distancing or spending their time doing the deed. Certainly not true for every case, some people wait years for their babies to come along and sometimes when life slows down, stress eases and life is put into perspective a little more… that baby comes along. So, always be mindful of what you say. It’s not always a joke.
When I first found out I was pregnant and made that first call to the midwife it was strictly phone call only. I didn’t get to see my midwife in person until I was just over 9 weeks, even that was early compared to women who got pregnant a little earlier.
I remember going into that first appointment. I was on my own and I had no idea what to do with my mask or where to stand. It gave me so much anxiety, and still does. All the chairs in the waiting room where 2m apart and the treatment rooms were well spread out too. I didn’t need to wear my mask inside this appointment, only in the waiting area. I remember thinking it was slightly strange that I was only now getting the pregnancy properly confirmed 9 weeks along.
When I got the 12 week scan letter in, it specified that I had to attend alone. Not long after, it was announced that partners could attend scans but not other appointments. I was so pleased he was going to be able to come along with me. I feel so sorry for people who couldn’t take partners. Don’t get me wrong, it was still super strict when we got to the scan. Partners had to wait in the hallway, while the ladies went into the department, checked in and were allowed to sit in the waiting room until called. Masks were mandatory for the full time as well as sanitising your hands going in and the when you were done. There was also 3 seats blocked off between each free seat, so your weren’t anywhere near other ladies. I remember looking round the room, all other women were on their phones and I just sat there, thinking. I just wanted to soak in that moment so much and remember every single detail.
Our 20 week scan was pretty much the same as the last. Ross had to wait outside until we were called in. Everyone stuck to social distancing and hand cleaning.
This scan was slightly longer too. It was so in depth I spent the full time in awe. We could see each little vertebrae, blood pumping through the heart, the brain again and even its little nose and mouth up close. I hardly spoke, I didn’t want it to end. I could have watched it all day. If everything goes to plan, that could be the last time we see him/her until they are here! Where is the time going?!?!
Going forward I hope all the regulations at least stay as they are, and not worse. The thought of Ross having to leave me as soon as the baby is born is horrible and I take my hat off to every women that has had to do it this year. I just don’t want him to miss out.
Stay safe everyone xx