COVID-19 Resources for Pregnancy and Parenting

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ByThe Bump Editors
Updated
Jul 2020
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The path to parenthood can be a bumpy one—but in recent months the terrain has become a whole lot rougher. For parents and parents-to-be, the COVID-19 pandemic has upended life as we knew it, bringing fresh challenges and new levels of anxiety. Many of you are having to schedule prenatal telehealth visits, celebrate your baby shower virtually and face the prospect of delivering baby amid altered hospital policies. Others are striving to work from home without childcare, keep cooped-up kiddos comforted and entertained and navigate new relationship dynamics with your partner under lockdown. All of us are sorely missing the in-person support of friends and family and trying to make the best decisions we can to keep our families safe and healthy.

It’s a lot. And we’re here to help. Below you’ll find articles offering the latest information and advice from medical and industry professionals on how to adjust to this new normal and how to protect our children from the dangers of coronavirus. These are challenging times, but we’re in this together.

COVID-19 Resources for Pregnancy

From how to protect your health to how to adjust your birth plan and everything in between, scroll down for articles on ways COVID-19 may impact your pregnancy—and what you can do about it.

The coronavirus has parents-to-be understandably anxious. We talked to the experts to give you the lowdown on what to know and how to stay safe.

Have questions? Here, an OB offers answers.

The American Pregnancy Association issued these recommendations and guidelines to help keep expectant mothers safe.

It’s not just physical symptoms you have to contend with—for many, stress is at an all-time high. Here are some smart coping strategies.

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Yes, there’s a global pandemic, but with baby on the way, you still need prenatal care. Here are a few ways your OB appointments might be a bit different going forward.

Stuck at home? You can still get those vital prenatal workouts in, thanks to these awesome streaming options.

The coronavirus shutdown means parents-to-be can’t head to a store and see items first-hand before registering. Here’s how to work around it.

With social distancing practices in place, moms-to-be are having to rethink their baby showers. Here, event planners offer their top tips for how to approach the change of plans.

You may not be able to celebrate with loved ones in person, but there are still ways to make sure everyone still has a blast.

Can’t make it to an in-person childbirth class? Luckily, there are plenty of great options online. Here are our top picks.

With hospitals implementing new policies to curb the coronavirus spread, giving birth might look a little different these days. Here’s how to plan ahead.

Concerned about keeping baby safe once you deliver? Here’s how to minimize the risk of your newborn contracting the virus.

Good news: There may be one less thing to stress about. Read what a new study discovered about COVID-19 transmission during labor and delivery.

COVID-19 Resources for Parenthood

As a parent, you’re a master in the art of juggling—but the pandemic has forced us to take on more than we thought possible. Keep reading for expert advice on how to keep your family safe and sane, including yourself.

With the novel coronavirus tearing around the globe, parents are understandably anxious. We talked to the experts to bring you this guide to living through the age of COVID-19 with little ones at home.

Have questions? Here, pediatricans have the answers.

The American Academy of Pediatrics study is a step forward in helping researchers understand the virus’s effects on kids.

The pandemic has new parents understandably concerned about keeping their newborns safe. Here’s how to minimize the risk of baby contracting the virus.

It may still be possible to breastfeed, with certain precautions. Here are the latest guidelines from the CDC and UNICEF.

It’s extra-important to wash your hands often now—and you know how dirty toddler hands can get. Here’s how to do it correctly, to truly kill off those nasty germs.

Here’s how babies and toddlers may react to pandemic stressors and what you can do to make the transition to the new normal a little easier.

Trying to get some work done while also entertaining little ones at home? Not an easy task. Here, some top tips to help you do it all.

Struggling to convince your tyke to wear a mask outside? Here are a few doctor-recommended tricks.

From online music classes to streaming storytimes, here’s where to find free ways to keep young minds engaged and little bodies moving while stuck indoors.

Tensions are running high, reeling are running amok. Here are several ways to find emotional equilibrium in the midst of the coronavirus shutdown.

Worried about taking your little one out of the house and into a doctor’s office during the pandemic? Hear what two pediatricians have to say.

They may not be able to enjoy a hug right now, but there are still plenty of ways your little ones and their relatives can keep up their special bond.

Two papers examine how and why children may fare better with the novel virus.

COVID Is Negatively Affecting New Mom’s Mental HealthEarly parenthood is hard, but the pandemic is adding extra mental strain for many new moms. Here’s what a survey found.

Parents are under a lot of stress right now, but so are young kids. Here, a survey dives into the results.

Weathering lockdowns with little kids at home is tough, but these playthings have made life in our own households a bit easier.

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