Adjusting to life during the COVID-19 pandemic may add to a difficult mix of emotions that you may already be experiencing through pregnancy. Social distancing and self-isolation are causing changes to usual eating routines and we are not able to follow usual patterns of exercise. We know that lots of you may be seeing jokes and memes on social media about weight gain during the lockdown and this can be worrying, especially if you are pregnant.
Please go easy on yourself and try to accept changes to your eating habits without feeling guilty. It is important to try to eat a balanced and varied diet to make sure you have all the nutrients you and your baby need during your pregnancy. But this should not be accompanied by feelings of guilt, or add to any of the emotional pressures of staying home. Food can be a comfort and treat when we need a pick-me-up, but it's also important to try to keep balance and moderation as much as possible.