Being a mom during a pandemic

An unusual situation for Fransaskoise Stéphanie Gaudet, mother of two children: Hadrian, 3 years old and Lucie, almost 6 months old, born in November 2021, in the midst of a health crisis.

Ms. Gaudet, who currently lives in Rosthern, between the cities of Prince Albert and Saskatoon, says she had less support during her last pandemic pregnancy.

My spouse could not come with me to my appointmentsshe explains.

For the ultrasound, you had to go to the hospital, because in the clinic, companions were forbidden. It was just less support in general.

If I compare with my first child, it was: “hey, I’m going to take the baby while you take your shower, etc” she says to illustrate the changes imposed by the pandemic.

During her last pregnancy, Stephanie went on maternity leave early, on doctor’s orders, to make sure she didn’t contract COVID-19 while pregnant.

A mom holds her baby girl in her arms and smiles at the camera.

Stéphanie Gaudet became the mother of her second child, her daughter Lucie, in November 2021.

Photo: Radio-Canada / provided by Stéphanie Gaudet

She also claims to have felt more stress during this episode than ever.

Seeing someone coughing or having a runny nose at the grocery store, a loved one visiting the baby and then later announcing that they have contracted COVID-19 […] it is a stress for the baby and the familyshe says.

Plans change […] many plans change because someone becomes ill or may have symptoms of COVID-19. So we learn not to take our plans to heart too much, until they comeshe summarizes.

Visits are expected to fall through. »

A quote from Stéphanie Gaudet, Fransaskois mother

In contrast to this reality, Stéphanie Gaudet found that making prenatal appointments was, nevertheless, easier during the pandemic than before.

My appointments were on time for Lucie while during my first pregnancy I sometimes had to wait two hours for an appointment.

Despite the rather restrictive context, she considers herself lucky, because during the delivery at the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon, she was able to have two attendants by her side.

Letting go, taming the unknown

For several months, Stephanie learned to let go and interact a lot through screens, her baby in her arms.

Lucie has become an expert at saying hello to Grandma on screen!she exclaims.

A baby and a woman who seem to be playing watching a screen.

Barely 6 months old, Lucie got used to virtual means of communication during the pandemic.

Photo: Radio-Canada / provided by Stéphanie Gaudet

Today, she describes her baby as a being very zento the point of making her forget, perhaps, the difficulties encountered during pregnancy.

She doesn’t cry a lot. She eats well. I take advantage of the fact that she often sleeps in my arms. It’s a beautiful babyshe marvels.

She likes to jump and watch her brother run around the house. When he is at home, she does not take her eyes off him. We do crafts, we watch a lot of television. We spend a lot of time reading, picking up books from the library and coming homeshe adds.

A baby in his crib.

According to her mother Stéphanie Gaudet, Lucie is a calm baby who likes to play with her feet.

Photo: Radio-Canada / provided by Stéphanie Gaudet

Through all of this, Ms. Gaudet especially benefits from the time she spends with her family.

My husband works partly at home and partly in the office. I really appreciate the days when he is at home..[…] We spend more time together, playing legos, relaxing.

She hopes this rhythm of life will continue even after the pandemic.

I’m not really looking forward to getting back to super busy daysshe wishes.

Learn lessons

It hasn’t been easy. And it’s possible that another pandemic will come one day, but live one day at a time, you are good. Know how to let go, and adaptadvises Stéphanie Gaudet to other mothers.

In the event of a new wave, she calls on them not to hesitate to ask for support, if possible.

We’re strong, but sometimes it’s good to ask for help and say “I can’tshe says.

According to Stéphanie Gaudet, moms need to remember that they don’t have to be perfect.

It’s okay to have bad days. Tomorrow will be another day.

A baby and a woman close-up.

With the milder weather, Lucie and her mother, Stéphanie Gaudet, spend a lot of time walking outside and exploring their new neighborhood.

Photo: Radio-Canada / provided by Stéphanie Gaudet

I regret nothing. […] Becoming a mom is a big roller coaster ride, but I don’t regret it, even in times of a pandemic. »

A quote from Stephanie Gaudet

Despite everything, the mother cannot help but question the possible impact of COVID-19 on her baby, who was born in this particular context.

Some research say one thing, some people say something else […] So it’s not always clear, this situation that we are going through.

This year, for Mother’s Day, Stephanie will enjoy a family dinner.

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