6 Ways To Prepare For Labour At Home During The Lockdown
Updated: Jun 20
At the start of the year, no one would have ever predicted that we’d all be stuck inside our homes trying to keep ourselves safe from a deadly virus. But in the blink of an eye, COVID-19 changed the world, leaving thousands dead and many more fighting for their lives after being infected by the coronavirus.
The enormity of the situation has left governments with no choice but to literally shut down countries to protect its residents and contain the spread of COVID-19.
But perhaps no one feels more uncertainty than a pregnant woman in these trying times. Carrying a child should be an exciting season filled with so much anticipation and joy.
But if you’re pregnant while this pandemic is wreaking havoc around the world, you may not help but feel fear, anxiety and stress thinking how you can still follow your birth plan when you have to think about social distancing, isolation and a lot of other things to keep you and your baby safe from the deadly virus.
So, how exactly can help you this 6 ways to prepare for labour at home during the lockdown? Here's how we are gonna discuss it with you:
1. Have an in-depth conversation with your midwife or obstetrician.
According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), “pregnant women do not appear to be more likely to be seriously unwell than other healthy adults if they develop the new coronavirus.” But you still can’t take any chances with your health as you give birth and the first person that you should talk to is your Midwife/obstetrician.
Whether you’re going for a natural birth or a C-section, you need to have an in-depth conversation with your doctor or midwife about what their current birth policies are with the pandemic happening.
It’s very important to be as specific as possible when discussing your birthing plan with your midwife. You need to ask questions about how you’re going to labour at home, what you should expect upon arriving at the hospital and if there are other forms of pain management if there isn’t an anaesthetist available because they’re busy helping COVID-19 patients. Knowing what to expect will give you some sense of relief and let you keep your focus on giving birth despite the situation around you.
2. Learn more about labour and childbirth.
Since you have more time in your hands now that you’re at home, you and your partner can look into online birth education classes that will help you understand what your body will go through during labour and delivery.
You can read articles and watch videos to get a better grasp of what you’re about to go through, which will help you feel more prepared.
3. Continue with any pregnancy routine that you can do at home.
We are all feeling stressed after being pulled out of our daily routines. But following through what you’ve been doing as much as possible will help give you some security and feeling of normalcy even if nothing is close to normal right now. Try to continue with any pregnancy routine that you can do at home.
For instance, you may be tempted to just lie on the couch or sleep as much as you want, but you still need to do some exercise to prepare your body for childbirth. With your doctor’s approval, you can do some light yoga, stretching and other forms of exercise at home.
You should also try to eat as healthy as possible to maintain your weight and avoid any problems that could make childbirth more difficult.
4. Start looking into other options for childbirth.
It’s not uncommon for you to have concerns about your current childbirth plans, especially since most hospitals are already over capacity because of a huge influx of COVID-19 patients. In fact, a lot of pregnant women are already looking into home birth because they feel that it’s safer than being in a hospital where their exposure to the virus can be greater and the risk is higher for their newborn to contract it.
But if you’re considering some changes in your birth plan, you need to know about the entire process of doing so first. For one, you have to tackles issues like transferring your records or your insurance coverage. You also need to understand that while home birth is an option for low risk and healthy pregnancy, hospitals and birthing centres are still the safest options for complicated pregnancies and/or pregnant women with health conditions. Whatever you decide to choose, remember that safety should be the most important factor that you have to think of.
5. Prepare your nursery and the baby’s needs.
Although your movements are restricted, it doesn’t mean that you can’t prepare for your baby’s arrival now. If you haven’t done it yet, you can start setting up the nursery to see what things you still need to buy for the baby like nappies, wipes and all the other essentials.
This way, your partner can still grab them in the stores and you can stock up so you won’t have to shop often. Preparing the nursery is also a good distraction in the midst of this chaos and it allows you to start preparing your heart and mind for the arrival of your baby.
6. Take it one day at a time.
The thought of giving birth in the middle of a pandemic is very overwhelming. As an expectant mother, you already have a lot of things in your mind about childbirth.
Now, you’re put in an extraordinary circumstance where the hospital may put you and your baby at risk for contracting the virus and your home has a lot of risks, especially if you have a sensitive pregnancy.
You may even be feeling emotional at the possibility that your partner won’t be beside you during labour and there will be no family members to visit you and see your baby due to social distancing measures.
But you have to hang in there, mom-to-be. Turn off the TV, stop reading the news and just tune out the noise of it all for a while. You will be fine and you will get through this.
As long as you’re prepared and you have a good doctor/midwife, you can give birth safely and protect your baby from the virus. Yes, there may be some changes and measures, but they are all for your welfare.
Take it one day at a time. You’ll do just fine.