As if COVID 19 and this whole pandemic wasn’t stressful enough right!?! But you have also been diagnosed with a high-risk pregnancy. I feel ya and my heart goes out to you. I have worked with high-risk pregnancies for the past 12 years as a nurse. Did you know 15% of pregnancies worldwide are high risk? You are not alone. There are a number of reasons you may have been diagnosed with a high-risk pregnancy and these may include but are not limited to an abnormality with your baby, a pre-existing medical condition (ie kidney disease, transplant, high blood pressure, neurological or autoimmune diseases), placental insufficiency, multiples, etc. A high-risk pregnancy can leave you feeling stressed, worried, vulnerable, disappointment, and even resentful – these are al normal but you deserve to have a team who are there to support you and help you.
Here are some ways to cope with your pregnancy from now until your delivery:
- Stay positive. Surround yourself with positiveness
- Connect with a support group – many high-risk pregnancy clinics have a support group you can join, and they are free. I run a Virtual Pregnancy Support Group for women every Tuesday evening – we would love to have you join us!
- Seek reassurance from your Obstetrician and nursing team. Do not google things – it just increases your anxiety and there is so much inaccurate information out there. You will just go down a rabbit hole. Your healthcare team knows your situation specifically and they are the people to connect with.
- Meet with a social worker. Seriously, social workers rock and know about all the resources available to you in your community and can help in so many ways.
- Start to incorporate mediation and other relaxation techniques like breathing, yoga (if medically cleared), art/ musical therapy, etc. into your daily or weekly routine.
- Celebrate all the positives and milestones throughout your pregnancy!
Don’t forget to reach out to your local Mama Coach to book your prenatal class. We offer private prenatal class which can be tailored to your high-risk pregnancy and your needs. We will give you all the tips and tricks specific to your pregnancy and postpartum needs. And if your little one is spending some time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) we can make a pumping and breastfeeding plan just for you!