Guest Blog – Tips for Pampering a Pregnant Pal During COVID-19
Guest Blog by Emily Graham of mightymoms.net
Pregnancy is an inherently challenging time, and we always want to be there for our pregnant friends. However, the pandemic has made being there substantially more complicated. For starters, actually physically being there can come with a boatload of risks. However, there are still plenty of things you can do to make a pregnant person’s life easier. Thrive After Birth’s doula services are a great tool for pregnant people before and after birth. Here are a few more ideas you can use to give your pregnant friend something special:
There are few gifts more precious to an almost-parent than a shortened to-do list:
- Make their evening easier by covering the cost of a restaurant delivery.
- Ask if there’s anything they’ll need after the birth, such as bottles or chestfeeding supplies.
- Offer to take their car to a certified technician to have their car seat checked or installed.
Help Them Indulge
Pregnant people need opportunities to unwind – you can bring them these moments:
- Make them a pregnancy care package.
- Send them a bath bomb and face mask they can use for an at-home spa day.
- Treat them to a pint of their favorite ice cream or package of a beloved snack (although ask them about any food aversions before you buy!)
Pregnancy is an exciting, terrifying, complicated time. Good listeners are invaluable:
- Reach out through phone or video calls to give them a chance to talk.
- Let them lead the conversation, and try to avoid pregnancy platitudes.
- Validate their feelings, especially the ones they might feel guilty about.
Taking tasks off their plate, facilitating self-care, and lending an ear are some of the simplest and most effective ways to care for your pregnant loved one. They’re sure to appreciate the effort, as well as the measures you take to keep them safe along the way. Right now, the best thing you can do is find ways to be there while being apart.
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