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Navigating Pregnancy Through A COVID19 World

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

There’s no question that when COVID19 – Coronavirus hit the States, everyone’s life changed in an instant. Jingru and I happened to be in the middle of her pregnancy when all of the State and County mandates started going into effect. I heard a lot of people talking about what pregnancy was like for them so I wanted to share our experience as well. Like I said in my previous post, a lot of timelines are going to jump around so don’t feel bad if you start getting confused. Also, don’t give me a hard time about it because I already warned you that it was going to happen.

The first change we noticed at the doctor’s office, of course, was that it was mandatory to wear facemasks or coverings. That totally made sense. But then it became more difficult to schedule Jingru’s OB appointments because of Social Distancing. They didn’t want too many people in the waiting room at the same time. Usually when we go in for her checkup, it’s packed. The first time after the regulations were in place, there were only two other couples in the office. As things progressed and COVID19 cases started to rise they tightened things up even more at the doctor’s office.

On one visit, they had us call in a few minutes before arrival and meet our doctor in the parking lot. He had a section coned off with his car parked there and he would check whatever he could while Jingru was sitting in the passenger seat of our Prius. Needless to say, there were huge limitations for him since he couldn’t pull his ultrasound machines into the parking lot. So any patients that needed more than a routine checkup had to go upstairs one at a time. He just really wanted to keep himself, his staff, and his employees safe since this was around the time when COVID19 was getting tested more so positive numbers were rising quickly.

This other doctor in Irvine that we visited for the detailed ultrasound also upped their regulations by limiting their appointment times and sanitizing everything. Facemasks mandatory. In a way, it felt weird but comforting at the same time. We wouldn’t want to put Jingru and the baby at risk if any doctors weren’t taking COVID19 seriously. We went to Hoag because Jingru was feeling early cramps so our OB told her to go in to get checked out. They have to be super strict because so many patients go in and out of there and pregnant mothers are considered high risk. When we checked in, they took our temperatures and I was only allowed in certain areas of the hospital. Things changed even more when we went in for Skyler’s arrival but I’ll to that in a future post.

The only awkward experience we had was at our doctor’s office. It’s a medical building with a bunch of different offices and clinics inside. Everything from our OB to plastic surgery to optometry. One morning we walked into the lobby and as the elevator door opened up, the lady in front of us turned around and told us that we weren’t allowed on the elevator with her because of social distancing. I was like, “what?” She said she really wanted to be responsible and was concerned for everyone’s safety so we couldn’t get on the elevator. I told her if she actually wanted to be responsible, she would wear a mask considering that it was a medical building and there were signs posted everywhere that masks were required. She just kept saying “Sorry. You can’t come on here” and ended up letting the doors close on us. Is that a “Karen?” Did we witness one in real life? She acted like we were so thrilled to jump into an elevator with some crazy lady that didn’t even bother to wear a mask inside a medical building. We just wanted to get to Jingru’s doctor’s appointment. I feel like nowadays, people just pretend like they care just so they can act like total morons.

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