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10 Ways to Support Pregnant Loved Ones During COVID-19

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By Guest Contributor, Emily Graham

Pregnancy is difficult enough at the best of times — but during a pandemic — expectant mothers are faced with additional challenges and concerns surrounding the health and safety of themselves and their babies. And if your partner, friend, spouse, or daughter is expecting, she’ll need your love and support as she navigates the remainder of her pregnancy. These 10 resources will help you give her the support she needs!

3 Ways to Offer Support

These three resources will help you to be the supportive friend, spouse, partner, or parent your pregnant loved one needs during this exciting but challenging time in her life.

  • Organize a drive-by baby shower for your expectant loved one, or combine the party with a virtual event.
  • Help your pregnant loved one with her grocery shopping each week, or have groceries shipped directly to her home with services from Instacart, Walmart Grocery, or Shipt.
  • Share these 17 resources with your expectant loved one to help her with everything from tracking the latest coronavirus information, connecting with other parents in a safe online setting, and finding virtual prenatal classes.

Gift Ideas for Moms-to-Be

Help your expectant loved one to prepare for the arrival of her new baby with these great gift ideas.

  • Purchase a subscription box to boost your pregnant loved one’s well-being during the pandemic.
  • Give your expectant loved one the Lucille Maternity and Nursing Nightgown from Kindred Bravely, a comfortable and pretty lingerie piece for pregnant or postpartum mothers.
  • Choose from 29 thoughtful gift options for mothers-to-be, including a baby monitor, pregnancy journal, and foot massager.

Additional Resources

These additional resources will help to keep your expectant or postpartum loved one safe and healthy throughout her pregnancy.

If you have a loved one who is pregnant during these times, there are so many ways to support her and ensure that she’s cared for physically, mentally, and emotionally. Whether you help with her grocery shopping or host a drive-by baby shower with friends and family members, your support will mean more to her than you can imagine.

Have any other ideas? Tell us below!

*Featured image via Unsplash.com


Wellness

7 Daily Affirmations For Self-Care and Success

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Now more than ever, I’ve realized the importance of strengthening my mind. Anxiety, stress, and procrastination will creep up on me if I don’t and I’m not trying to entertain that at all.

I remember when I was praying for God to bless my husband and I with a baby, and I had to write down positive things about my body. I wrote down that my body was healed. I wrote (and said) that we would have beautiful, healthy children. Even on the days when I could not see it, I had to tell myself that it would.

My game plan changes every few months usually but, right now I have decided to:

  1. Wake up between 5:30 and 6:00.
  2. Get my day started with prayer and affirmations.
  3. Get my body moving (stretching or a workout routine on YouTube or Instagram).
  4. Knock out some work (even 15 to 30 minutes helps a lot before the rest of the house is up).

I was never big on affirmations a few years ago because I felt like it was some fairy, “pie in the sky” stuff honestly. Combined with prayers though, it helps a LOT to get me in the right head space to face the day. Whenever I have one too many days where I feel overwhelmed, on edge, and unmotivated I know that I’ve fallen off of my routine.

Here a few affirmations that I say in my head and out loud sometimes. I also make a habit of writing them down in my journal:

I am exactly where I need to be. I welcome the challenges and opportunities that I am facing today and I will grow from them.

I push fear aside to take action in faith, because I know God is with me.

I honor my desires by asking for what I want.

I am amazed by my body and its abilities.

I am fearfully and wonderfully made, and I treat my body as such.

I practice self-care regularly.  I feel good about taking care of myself.

I embrace success in all areas of my life.

Your mind is so powerful! Get into the habit of doing and saying things that will promote good thoughts because it really does become your reality. Believe me, I know that some days it is tough but also know that it can and will get better.

Which affirmations are you repeating each day?


Eats

The Best Foods to Beat This Summer Heat

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This Georgia summer heat did not come to play! I refuse to let it keep me in the house though. With a 3 year old at home and no dream vacation in sight for the next few months*sigh*, I still have to find things to do outside to keep my sanity. Here are some foods I’ve been eating that are certified healthy thirst quenchers to help me cool down.

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Beauty

How to Make An Imperfect Smile Look Better In Photos

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Ok, so I have gone back and forth about doing a post like this and decided to just go ahead and share my thoughts on this because someone could be dealing with the same thing.

It may seem like a vain and minor thing to be concerned about but, this is something that has bothered me for the past few years and it seems like it has progressively gotten worse in the past year.

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