Pregnant During a Global Health Pandemic
What it’s like being 8 months pregnant during a global health pandemic.
When I first found out I was pregnant I knew it was going to be a hard and tough journey naturally, but I never expected it to be anything like it is right now. With me being a brand new, first time mother, I knew I would have a ton of new obstacles to face and come my way. But if you would’ve told me I would be expecting and preparing myself to give birth in the middle of a massive global health pandemic I would probably have laughed at you 8 months ago.
I am naturally one of those people who watch the news and read up on the current news faithfully daily. I have been that way since I was younger and it hasn’t changed the older I have become. Really, the older I become the more I pay attention to the news because I’m now understanding more and more each day and it directly affects me more now as an adult. I am a current United States citizen but one thing I can remember is seeing reports of the COVID-19 outbreak in China beginning to spread in our newspapers and online news sources back during the month of November 2019. I didn’t know what it was and I can admit I sort of brushed it off and disregarded it because it was always a smaller headline and due to the fact that it was not in the United States at the time. I just figured it was another round of the typical flu going around earlier than normal for the new year of 2020 and focused on our annual Thanksgiving holiday during that time period.
After Thanksgiving, I didn’t see many reports on this outbreak anymore until after the new year in January of 2020 during the passing of legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant. I would see again smaller reports of it more and more but it became overshadowed due to the tragic accident involving Bryant so again it got disregarded on my end (bad mistake of not paying attention more early on).
When February hit is when I began to pay attention fully and more seriously to the Coronavirus more. When I seen the death toll in China rising a whole lot I knew something was seriously wrong. When factories began to shut down immediately in China first, I knew this was a big deal. When I seen it spread to Italy and began to kill a lot of elderly people daily by the hundreds, I knew…