Pregnancy during the COVID-19 crisis is definitely one for the books. As a first time mom (currently 32 weeks pregnant as I write this) – I was looking forward to all our birthing classes, baby moon, and baby shower. Now, birthing plans are rapidly changing. All these changes can be extra stressful during an already stressful time. As a Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), I have been receiving a ton of questions about pregnancy + COVID-19. I have gathered COVID-19 data to help my patients and expecting parents feel more educated and prepared.My goal is to share tips on how to stay healthy and keep a positive mindset before and after your pregnancy.
Bottom line: There are still a lot of unknowns around COVID-19. The positive news is the majority of people infected with the COVID-19 virus, pregnant or otherwise, go on to fully recover with minimal to no symptoms and without the need for specialized medical care.
Leana Thompson (RN, BSN, IBCLC) dreamed of becoming a nurse ever since she was a young girl. She has worked in several different areas of the hospital before landing on the antepartum/postpartum unit (commonly known as Mother-Baby Unit). She worked as a Mother-Baby RN for 8 years in hospitals all across the country. As her passions evolved, she decided to solely focus on breastfeeding. Since every mother and baby has a different breastfeeding and pumping journey, it has been Leana’s mission to support each mom and her unique goals and visions for herself, her baby, and her family. She has been working as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) at a local hospital in Gilbert, AZ. Many of her patients would ask her, “Can I bring you home with me?” which inspired Leana to figure out a way that they can! Leana founded The Milk Makers. The Milk Makers goal is to provide services that give you + your partner the ultimate mother-baby experience before and after you leave the hospital. To learn more about Leana’s services, virtual consultations, and feeding tips, you can check out her Instagram – @TheMilkMakers.