Conversation starters: COVID-19 and expectant parents
Expecting a baby during a pandemic adds a new dimension to the stress of pregnancy.
Friends and family may want to throw a baby shower or get together for visits that you aren’t comfortable with. Those conversations can be difficult, but you can set parameters for gatherings that feel right for you. And there are creative ways friends and family can keep in touch and provide support, such as phone calls, video chats, care packages and doorstep meal deliveries.
For new and expecting parents, here are some conversation starters to set boundaries with your friends and family about your new baby:
- We’ve decided to stay isolated until the baby comes since being pregnant can put my partner at increased risk for serious illness from COVID-19. We’re happy to chat or play a game online if you want.
- I am going for daily walks around the neighborhood; maybe we can meet for a physically distant chat before or after.
- We’re trying to limit the risk of any of us catching COVID-19 whenever we can, especially with the baby coming. What do you think about visiting on a video chat? Or we could just be old-fashioned and chat on the phone!