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Pregnant in a pandemic: how one to-be mom is handling it

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- Pregnancy is a stressful time and now even more so with the COVID-19 pandemic. How are expectant mothers handling an ever-changing situation?

A member of the KWWL family is in the same boat. Expecting her first, Kate Hineman has been taking every precaution keep herself and her unborn daughter safe. Hineman has been working from home for two weeks and has limited who she comes in contact with.

"I don't really know what to expect being a first time mom. And now going through this? It's just kind of surreal," she said, "The biggest thing is they won't let my husband come with anymore, which is understandable but it's difficult."

Moms everywhere, not just Hineman, have now found themselves alone during appointments as more doctors limit who can be around during exams. Many women fear they won't have someone at their side in the delivery room.

"If you don't have anyone with you, that would be horrible. My doctor assured me, that probably won't happen," she said.

She said her husband will still be allowed with her, but her family will have to wait to meet the newest member of the family if the restrictions are still in place when the baby arrives in May.

She's been keeping to her normal routine and signing off social media to help take a break from what's happening in the world around her home.

“I try to stay in my routine, just like I was at work. I take lunch at the same, I get up at the same time every morning," she said.

She still keeps up to date by checking the news and gets out of the house regularly for walks.

Many hospitals, including hospitals in Waterloo, have placed restrictions on who will be allowed in the delivery room and who will be allowed to visit.

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Collin Dorsey

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