All of us at PreciousLittleOne appreciate what a difficult and worrying time this is for parents and parents-to-be. The country has been advised by the government and health experts that the vulnerable among us should self-isolate. This includes pregnant women.
Firstly, let us reassure you that we are doing everything we can to support our customers throughout this time. You can read more on everything we are doing here.
Secondly, we have gathered some tips to help you with self isolation, as we are aware there will be many of our valued customers in this situation. Please know, you are not alone in this!
If you are not already self-isolating or shielding, there is a very strong chance you will be in the weeks to come. And while it is an extreme measure, we understand that it is necessary for the wellbeing of society, so let’s get through it together and try to make it as smooth as it can be.
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Self-isolating during pregnancy
The health and wellbeing of you and your baby are obviously of paramount importance, which is why the government and World Health Organisation have introduced these measures for pregnant women. We understand that this is not likely to be the pregnancy journey that you had hoped for! But we do believe that there are things you can do to stay safe and try and make it a little bit easier:
- Even though you’ll be staying at home, it’s still super important to make sure you wash your hands frequently, with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Don’t forget your hand cream too, as your hands are likely to get a little drier if you don’t always wash them this often.
- It may be tempting to invite your neighbour round for a cuppa, or to visit your parents to see how they’re doing, but for the time being, why not make this a video call? Although a person may not be showing any symptoms, they could still be carrying the virus. So to be on the safe side try to do all of your socialising digitally or over the phone. That, of course, doesn’t mean you need to speak to loved ones any less, it’s a great excuse to check in with loved ones even more.
- Remember all those times a friend has recommended a book to read, or a movie to watch and you just didn’t find the time? Well, now’s your chance! You could even start a TV series club with a few friends or family members – you may not be together physically but you can still enjoy watching ‘together’ using Netflix Party (launching on 24th March), or phone one another to talk about it!
- Take the opportunity to learn a new skill. You could brush up on your secondary school French with a language app on your phone. Before you do that, you’re probably wondering how to keep your phone clean – this video shows how to do this safely.
- You may want to use this time to start decorating the baby’s nursery. Time to look out your screwdriver and get to work on building that changing table, or giving the spare room a coat of paint ready for baby’s arrival.
- Although it may seem a while away, you could start collecting recipes and ideas to create your own baby recipe book for when you move on to the weaning stage – it will be here before you know it.
- If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, consider going outside to get some fresh air. Watching the world go by for 10 minutes or simply having a walk around the garden will be sure to boost your spirits and make you feel re-energised for the rest of the day.
- Most importantly though, please continue to stay up to date with relevant guidelines from health authorities. Speak to your GP if you have any concerns about attending antenatal appointments or health checkups.
Self-isolating with little ones
With schools being closed for the foreseeable future, your little ones are going to be relying on you to keep them entertained.
A lot of families and siblings won’t be used to spending all day, every day together, so there are bound to be challenges.
Here are a few suggestions on how you can make this a little bit easier:
- Build a den. If you can’t physically get a change of scenery, why not create a new one. Together, you and your little ones could use blankets and pillows and bring all their toys (and whatever else they deem necessary!) to create their own den.
- Allow older kids and teenagers some privacy to call their friends. They’ll be missing them as much as you are missing yours.
- Arts and crafts are always a winner! Easter is just around the corner, so if you’ve got the supplies, why not give some of these ideas a try?
- We can’t speak for all schools here, but if your child’s school has provided work to do, find out if it’s something you can help them with. You never know, you might learn something yourself!
- Experts agree that trying to stick to a schedule is important, just as it is in their normal school lives. This means breaking the day into manageable chunks and adapting this to your child’s needs. This example schedule should give you some good ideas on how best to do this.
- We know how tempting it is for them, but try to discourage any fingers in mouths to wobble that loose tooth! Any sneezes and coughs should be caught in a tissue and binned, with hands washed straight away.
- Don’t feel guilty about letting them watch TV. Sometimes it’s what all of us want, isn’t it? Plus, it will give you a bit of peace to have some time to yourself.
We hope these tips can help you during this challenging time. Let us know how you get on with them and feel free to share tips of your own on our social media channels – we’re sure others will appreciate them.
PreciousLittleOne understands the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak, and will continue to support our customers as much as we possibly can – please feel free to get in contact with us via our social channels, or via our ‘contact us’ details.
The NHS will provide the most accurate and up to date information for UK residents on how to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. The UK government will also be providing advice and updates here. Please refer to these to remain informed.