My pandemic pregnancy: ‘I wanted to be ready at any point. I didn’t know it’d be the next day.’

The family
The family (Photo provided by Claire Nackashi)

Author’s note: This is not MY personal story, per se, (despite the “my pandemic pregnancy” headline), but a story told by our readers, week by week. Today’s is shared by Claire.

You might have heard that being pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or delivering right about now is strange, in this age of COVID-19. But how? In what ways? We’re going to tell you. To contribute your own experience, scroll all the way down to the bottom of this article and tap the link.

It certainly wasn’t planned this way, but Claire Nackashi had to deal with almost every aspect of her pregnancy, pandemic-style.

The Duval County teacher, 30, went to the doctor to confirm her pregnancy right around the time schools were dismissing for spring break, which was essentially when lockdown, or stay-at-home orders, went into place. That meant that the final time Nackashi saw her fellow teachers last spring, before switching to virtual learning, they didn’t know she was expecting. Then when everyone came back together in the fall, “Everyone was like, ‘What happened to you?’” Nackashi said with a laugh.

“(It felt like my) entire pregnancy was in the pandemic,” she said. “It was its own little weird world.”

If you had asked Nackashi perhaps a year or two earlier, what she might imagine doing during this time, she probably would have said something along the lines of: attending prenatal yoga classes, meeting other moms-to-be, making friends with other women based on their babies’ similar due dates -- things like that.

But being pregnant in 2020 didn’t really allow for those experiences.

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