For many women who have just given birth, finding postpartum resources and care can be a
major challenge during the pandemic. This is the time when most new mothers need the most
support, especially following birth trauma, so it’s important to look for sources of advice and
encouragement. Love In Motion is one such source, with services like breastfeeding tips and
self-esteem building provided by birth and postpartum doula Liz Foster. Here’s a brief guide to
finding resources for yourself and your child when you’re stuck at home.
First things first: check your internet
One thing most of us have in common these days is a reliance on our devices to connect us to the outside world. If your internet service isn’t what it could be, you’ll only find frustration when
you try to log on for meetings, group discussions, or chats. The good news is, there are plenty of
plans to choose from that will give you an upgrade without breaking the bank. Many cities now
have access to 5G Ultra Wideband service, which will give you the speed and connectivity you
need no matter what type of device you use. Check out your options for plans without data caps
so you won’t have to worry about how much you’re streaming or how often you’re logging on
Once your internet is taken care of, you can focus on finding online tools and resources that will
help you and your baby stay healthy. Whether you’re both home already or your child has to
spend some time in the NICU, you’ll likely be concerned about preventing illness and protecting
yourself and the baby from COVID-19. You can download an app that will help you prepare for
bringing your little one home or stay up-to-date with the latest pandemic health guidelines via
the resources offered by March Of Dimes.
It’s also a good idea to stay in touch with your doctor during this time. Look for resources
offered by the hospital or your primary care specialist, such as an online health portal where you can chat with a nurse or book appointments.
Head to social media
It’s not just your physical health that needs tending during times like these; you also need to pay attention to your mental well-being and make sure you’re able to cope with stress or anxiety in a positive way. That’s where social media comes in. Although getting lost in constantly-updating news feeds can be a detriment, social media outlets also offer a way to find support via groups of like-minded individuals who are going through similar situations. Most are moderated, but each group has its own set of rules, so check the guidelines before joining.
Stress, isolation, and lack of sleep can lead to depression pretty easily, so it’s important to practice self-care in order to manage those issues. Stay in touch with friends and family via video chats if possible, and utilize stress-management tactics such as meditation techniques and fitting in some exercise to give both your body and mind a boost.
Working out has multiple benefits for new moms, including stress-relief, muscle-tightening, and a rush of feel-good endorphins that help you get through the day no matter how tired you are. These days, there are several online classes and programs you can join that are made specifically for new mothers, and some that only require 10 or 15 minutes per day, meaning you can fit in some movement while the baby naps. If you need a little motivation, ask a friend to join you virtually.
Finding support as a new mom can be tricky even when there isn’t a pandemic happening, but
it’s not impossible. Look for ways you can boost your physical and mental wellbeing each day,
and reach out when you need help.
Have a question for Liz Foster at Love In Motion? Fill out the contact form and check the
attached calendar to get an idea of her schedule.