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Pregnant during a pandemic: How coronavirus outbreak has altered pregnancy – NorthJersey.com

Melanie Anzidei
NorthJersey.com

Published 4:28 PM EDT Mar 26, 2020

Samira Gray doesn’t know what the next month will look like. 

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The 31-year-old expectant mom from Little Falls doesn’t know if her husband will be able to go with her to future doctor appointments, as offices tighten up visitor policies to contain the coronavirus outbreak. She doesn’t know if she will have to introduce their newborn daughter to relatives through a glass window or a video chat. What scares her the most, though, is the possibility of giving birth by herself.

“I can deal with the pain and stuff on my own,” Gray said. “But if it were to come to having a C-section, who’s going to hold the baby after? It’s normally the dad. Who’s going to cut the cord? And God forbid there were a medical emergency.”

The first-time mom, who is due April 20, is not alone in her fears.

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For pregnant women and their families, the coronavirus outbreak has upended one of the most joyous moments in their lives.

Nearly a dozen women who spoke with NorthJersey.com and the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey shared their anxieties: Canceled baby showers, which mean a lack of newborn supplies. T Read More

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