More than half of all pregnant women and new mothers reported experiencing high anxiety and depression because of the quarantine regulations, according to Gabriele Saccone, MD. As such, it is critical that expectant women and new moms figure out ways to stay in touch and navigate their new world. Thankfully, there are activities that you can do to make quarantine enjoyable. So what activities are these?

Virtual Baby Showers

With most of the world still partially under lockdown, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended that most social gatherings either be canceled or postponed. If you’ve been planning your baby shower, you’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to shelve your plans just yet. In fact, with the right plan and the right people, you can have an intimate virtual baby shower so you and your loved ones can still celebrate the future addition to your family in complete safety.

Journaling And Letters To Your Child

Motherhood is a rather emotional affair, and expressing your feelings is an effective way to manage stress and boost your immune system, according to Diane Sanford, Ph.D. Starting a journal or writing letters is a great conduit to processing your thoughts and emotions. You can spend your downtime writing letters to your unborn child or keeping a progress journal on your newborn. It’s an excellent way to bond with your child and give them a way to get to know you when they’re older.

Learning And Making All-Natural Baby Food

Another thing you can do to keep yourself busy and enjoy your pregnancy or parenthood is to learn more about making all-natural baby food. Getting hands-on knowledge about the food your child eats helps to prevent picky eaters and gives you more options, according to Jessica Sayers of Babygaga. One of the biggest reasons why parents used to avoid making their own baby food was because it was time-consuming. Now that you may have more time on your hands, it’s a great opportunity to learn how to make baby food that’s healthy and nutritious for your little one.

While there are irrefutable circumstances that keep everyone indoors, this doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most of this available time. Whether you’re still waiting for your little one to join you or you’ve got a newborn in your arms, there are a lot of different things you can do. All that’s important is that you take it slow and figure out which activity fits your needs so you can enjoy yourself thoroughly.