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Guest Blogger: Emily Graham of Mighty Moms
Supporting pregnant friends looks differently due to the pandemic. Pregnant women are facing an onslaught of challenges and uncertainties. At Band of Mamas, we know the importance of a strong support network when we’re navigating the ups and downs of pregnancy — and that’s during normal times! The mom-to-be in your life needs your support now more than ever. Thankfully, there are plenty of online resources that can help you lend support in the most effective way possible. Here are a handful of ideas to support the pregnant friend in your life.
Coordinate a Virtual Baby Shower
Make sure your pregnant friend gets to celebrate her virtual baby shower safely during the pandemic.
- Send the mom-to-be DIY decorations that she can put up around her room.
- Plan some online games for everyone to play, like Codenames or Scattergories.
- Have everyone send gifts to the mom-to-be so she can open them on camera.
- To save money on gifts, look for Crate and Barrel coupon codes before shopping!
Put Together a DIY Self-Care Kit
Making your own self-care kit is a great way to treat your pregnant friend without spending a lot of money. Here are some ideas to include in your pregnancy care package:
- Natural skincare products and bath soaks to soothe sore muscles.
- Ginger tea, ginger chews, and other treats to ease morning sickness.
- Energizing and nutritious snacks that she can bring to the hospital.
- Postpartum recovery products for hair health.
Offer Concrete Help
People often feel uncomfortable making requests for help, even if you make it clear that you’re available. Keep the pressure off your loved one by making offers to help in specific ways.
- Don’t wait for your friend to ask for help. Be proactive and make the first move!
- Ask her to text you a list of everything she needs from the grocery store or pharmacy.
- Offer to organize a meal train among your friends and family members.
- Ask her to join you for a walk in a nearby park.
Do you have a friend or loved one who is expecting? Do what you can to offer your support, even if you can’t be by her side. Even something as simple as sending a text to check-in can go a long way to help your pregnant friend feel supported during this challenging time.
Are you helping someone navigate a pregnancy during the pandemic? It can be tough to understand what she’s going through unless you’ve been there before. For more pregnancy and new mom advice, check out the Band of Mamas blog!
Do you have any other tips or ideas to share? If so, feel free to comment below so the Band of Mamas followers can add them to their list!
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