There’s no way around it: we’d all rather not be in quarantine. It’s not easy and some days, it’s not a whole lot of fun.
But with Memorial Family Birthplace, we are here to put a positive spin on this time at home. Check out the following 11 tips and suggestions on how to make the most of your time in quarantine.
- Write a letter to your baby. This is an unprecedented time in history – and you are bringing a sweet new life into this world. Write a letter to your little one and place it in their baby book as a keepsake of this time in quarantine. Share the unique ways that you have been preparing for your baby’s arrival.
- Stay on a schedule. Research shows that it’s best to stay on a regular schedule, both for our physical and our mental health. Try to stick to a set routine with your partner, even if it just includes set meal times, a favorite show and bedtime.
- Take care of yourself. Taking care of your growing baby means taking care of yourself. Get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, keep your feet up and stay away from any risk factors.
- Create a virtual gathering. Apps like Zoom and Houseparty can help you connect to family members and friends outside the house. Many baby showers and birthday parties are being moved to virtual celebrations. Keep that connection with your loved ones and plan out “virtual baby visits” to introduce your little one after he or she arrives.
- Take your childbirth class online. All Memorial Family Birthplace childbirth classes and hospital tours have been moved online. Get comfortable on your couch and sign up for online baby classes.
- Pack your hospital bag. Get a jump start on packing your hospital bag by tucking away some essentials. Comfy clothes for you, pacifiers and a few soft sleeper or onesie outfit changes for your little one is a great place to start. Check out our Facebook post, "Hospital Packing Essentials"
- Make and freeze meals for when baby is born. If you enjoy cooking, add some extra meal ingredients into your weekly grocery order. Making and freezing meals for after the baby is born is a great way to stay busy and productive – your future self will thank you.
- Plan out your birth plan. Take this time to think through your ideal birth plan and put it to paper. Birth plans are never a guarantee – after all, your little one will have his or her own ideas of when and how they’d like to arrive – but it’s an opportunity to start thinking through your preferences for labor and delivery.
- Set up the nursery. There’s no time like being stuck at home to set up the nursery. Many stores are still processing and delivering orders, so get a jump start on decorating your little one’s new space. Washing baby clothes and organizing diapers and wipes can also help you feel close to your little one.
- Stay active. It’s tricky to stay active during quarantine, but it’s important for you and the baby to stay active. Crank up the music and dance around the house, find a gentle prenatal yoga class on YouTube or put on a mask and get outside for some socially-distant fresh air.
- Know that all of your feelings are okay. From happiness to tears to uncertainty to frustration and everything in between – your feelings are valid. This is a new and unknown situation for all of us. Make sure to get those feelings out in a healthy way by talking to your partner, a trusted friend or your physician.
We’re Here to Help
At Memorial Family Birthplace, we are here for you and your growing family. Please call any one of our offices for more help:
- Memorial Regional Hospital Family Birthplace: 954-265-4484
- Memorial Hospital West Family Birthplace: 954-844-7110
- Memorial Hospital Miramar Family Birthplace: 954-538-5180
Classes and Safety Resources
In order to keep you safe, please click on the following links to learn about our new childbirth safety measures and how to sign-up for our free, online baby classes.