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Supporting Expectant Moms During the Pandemic



Having a baby is a crazy experience during the best of times, but in the middle of a pandemic, pregnant women are grappling with all kinds of new and complicated problems. How can you support your loved one during this challenging and exciting time? Even if you can't be by her side, there are still several ways to offer your assistance and make mom's life a little easier. Below, AskThePottyFairy.blog answers some of your most common questions about supporting new moms during COVID-19.


What are some gifts that pregnant women actually want and need?

Pregnant women receive countless gifts for their babies, but people tend to forget about mom’s needs, so consider one of these gift ideas:


Pregnant women receive countless gifts for their babies, but people tend to forget about mom’s needs, so consider one of these gift ideas:


  • A DIY self-care basket complete with soothing face masks and prenatal supplements.

  • Comfortable maternity clothing, like a soft and flattering nursing nightgown.

  • A resource that explains something helpful to new parents, like how to potty train your child.

Practical items new parents can never have enough of like diapers, wipes, bibs, or bottles.


How can I offer emotional support from a safe distance?

While you may not be able to hug your loved one right now, there are several other ways to provide valuable support from afar.


  • Offer to run errands, pick up groceries, or handle some chores.

  • Help your loved one track down valuable information on pregnancy, childbirth, or postpartum recovery.

  • Drop off pre-made meals on their doorstep or gift them a month of meal deliveries.

  • Hop on a video-chat call with your loved one and let them talk about how they’re feeling.


How can I host a virtual baby shower or gender reveal party?

If your loved one is missing these important celebrations, take the party online and come up with some fun virtual games for everyone to play!



It's completely understandable for pregnant women to feel worried about the coronavirus and the idea of facing childbirth during the pandemic. Although you may not be able to help in the ways you want, you can still offer invaluable emotional, social, and tangible support. Keep these resources close at hand as you help your loved one navigate her pregnancy.



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