Well, it looks like it took a global pandemic and social distancing quarantine to make me get my act together and start writing. I’m pregnant with my second son and it definitely hasn’t been the pregnancy I anticipated. To say that these are shitty times to be pregnant is an understatement. It’s hard enough dealing with a changing body, exhaustion, nausea and a plethora of other problems. Now, throw in the unknown of what this virus does to pregnant woman and/or growing babies; having to go to doctor’s appointments alone, in a face mask, or over the phone; the forced isolation and lack of socialization during a time where your husband and children just don’t quite get what you are going through; well, now that’s a recipe for a chaotic, emotional disaster.

In the midst of it all, however, I can’t complain too much. Honestly, my biggest complaints have little to do with pregnancy, and more to do with having to juggle a full-time job while trying to watch a 3-year old boy. It’s a reality for many working parents who are forced to stay home without childcare, and it’s honestly too much. I hope most companies are understanding like my own, acknowledging that our home lives have changed and we have to do the best we can. I encourage all parents out there to give yourself a break and a little self love. We’re all doing the best we can, one day at a time. Please feel free to comment with your experiences and perspective, whether it be as a working parent during quarantine, or as a pregnant woman during this pandemic.

Till next time, please stay safe (and stay home)!