Being pregnant and nurturing a life within you is one of the greatest joys a woman can ever experience, and you want everything to be picture perfect.
Back in March, when I was seven months pregnant and was making a guest list for my baby shower, I was suddenly asked to reconsider my plans, rather cancel them due to the ‘novel’ coronavirus. The country was suddenly put under one-day Janta curfew, and my plans ended up being just plans. Soon, the one-day curfew turned into a 21-day lockdown. The entire country was indoors, and everyone was asked to stay home to be safe. After the 21-day lockdown, I was just a month away from my due date. My paranoia levels kept increasing with each passing day.
Where I was upset about my baby shower being cancelled, now my concerns were, will I be able to reach the hospital in time? Will the hospital be open? What if my gynaecologist is under quarantine?
People kept telling me to look at the bright side, of being able to rest in the last few months, being able to spend time with family and having all the time to welcome my new baby. And I decided to give it a try and trust me, giving birth during the pandemic actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
On the day when I was taken to the hospital, I reached in 10 minutes as the roads were empty. It was just me, my husband and my sister when I delivered. The entire maternity home was available for us, as there were no other patients. There were no visitors, unlike with my firstborn, when my husband picked up my baby after the visiting hours were over. Here it was just the three of us, and of course, the newborn.
Even after the hospital stay, when we returned home, there was no chaos of visitors. It was just the family. I could rest well and in peace. There was no pressure of catering to the guests or cleaning the mess. It was just us. Thanks to the lockdown, schools were still shut, so no pickup and drop for the elder one. With lockdown still being imposed, I feel like my entire family is on maternity leave with me and enjoying these precious moments.
So if you are a pregnant mama who will be delivering during all this chaos, rest easy. Take a deep breath. I know you didn’t imagine your pregnancy and delivery to be this way, but it’s best to find the blessing through this mess.
Enjoy this break from your real life, snuggle up with your newborn and cherish this moment as your teeny-weeny newborn won’t be this tiny anymore.
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