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Postpartum and the Pandemic

By Lindsay Pinchuk

BCB knows that the one thing NOT cancelled right now is pregnancy and parenthood.  In mid-March, BCB committed to being there to support our parents and parents-to-be throughout this time.  Just as we have for the last decade.   We have taken all of our in person events, education and sampling online as we continue to provide you with the best products, resources, information and connection to one another right now.  Even during this unprecedented time, we know that community is important.  In fact, it is more important than ever before.  As we continue to connect you to each other, we will also be sharing your stories about pregnancy, labor and delivery, parenthood and more.  You are not alone right now and hope that this helps you to know that we are all in this together. 

By Pallakh Sawhney @busytoddlerlife

A few months ago, I would have deleted this picture, let alone post it on Instagram. The only reason to post this is if even one mom reads this and finds comfort in my company, that’s worth it.

We planned everything around the delivery in advance but did not anticipate how different I would feel postpartum. We did not anticipate doing all this alone!  We were supposed to have family around to come stay with us, friends visit us, go out for stroller walks, have mom meetups. But here I am, juggling between babies, thinking if I should take a nap or spend some time with my older one or do some laundry.

As new parents, you always look up to other parents for guidance on the best things to do for yourself and your babies. But the pandemic has left us all by ourselves. There is no book that tells us how to raise kids during a pandemic. Nobody has the right answers.

But what has kept us sane during these trying times are those daily calls and messages from family and friends. Being all by ourselves, I can’t emphasize enough how much we appreciate the regular conversations we have with them.

You usually think it is best to not disturb new parents with constant calls. But trust me, they like to be checked upon, especially during these crazy times. The calls let them know that despite being socially distant, you’ve got their back!  Don’t just ask about the baby but ask about the parents too. Before asking me about my kids, my mother asks me about my well being and my recovery and that makes such a difference to my mental health.

These are hard times. If you are a parent and are going through a day filled with a rollercoaster of emotions,  don’t be too hard on yourself. Talk it out-with your partner, family, friends or just reach out to me.  Having a conversation worked wonders for my sanity.  For you, it might be taking five minutes out & scrolling through social media or watching YouTube video, or maybe just reading a page from your favorite book. I’d strongly urge you to find something that gives you a sense of comfort and solace. It’s so easy to focus on our kids that we might forget these are unprecedented times for us too. A happy mama is after all, a happy household♥️

For more from Pallakh and her parenting journey, follow her on Instagram. Click here for Part 1:  Pregnancy and the Pandemic.

THE CONVERSATION NEVER STOPS AT BUMP CLUB AND BEYOND! Stay tuned for more from the Bump Club and Beyond Team to help you prepare for and navigate your way through parenthood.  Check out all of our free webinars and online events here. Make sure you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook  for more ideas as we navigate both COVID-19 AND parenthood together. Looking for more from BCB?  Join the BCB Community (it’s FREE!) for access to exclusive discounts, webinar replays, free samples and so much more!  Information can be found here.

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