Celebrities Open Up About Being Pregnant During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Stars get real about the hardships of debating between a hospital or home birth, online parenting classes and more
The star surprised everyone by announcing that she gave birth to a baby boy named Spencer on Sept. 3, during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Kaling, who was able to keep her baby news a secret, followed up her exciting reveal with details on how she felt being pregnant during the pandemic and what life's been like after welcoming baby Spencer to the family.
"Being pregnant during the pandemic was a little scary, but it made me appreciate all the doctors, nurses and medical professionals who continue to work tirelessly giving treatment to those who need it, putting their own lives at risk," she wrote on Instagram.
"Spencer is happy and healthy and his sister is obsessed with him (well, his toys)," she wrote of her eldest child, daughter Katherine.
"It's been so fun having him in the house, I almost forget I'm outnumbered now," she added. "Love and grateful hugs. Xoxo MK"
The day after her sex reveal (it's a boy!) with her family by her side, the singer tweeted from an ultrasound, sharing that husband Russell Wilson had to FaceTime in from the car since partners aren't allowed in at doctor's appointments right now.
The life of a pregnant woman in Covid-19 Era is very interesting..." she tweeted, adding, "We don't hear to much about US during this time."
The actress, who's pregnant with her second child with husband Ryan Piers Williams, sends her support to all other pregnant mamas out there during these uncertain times.
Ferrera shared a heartfelt note on Instagram, alongside a photo of her growing baby bump, writing, "As this baby grows inside and I attempt to breathe through the fears and unknowns of this time, I am thinking of all you other mamas bringing new life into this world right now."
"And also of all the women across generations and centuries and borders who have and are currently birthing new life in the midst of so many extraordinary and daunting circumstances," she wrote. "Life is a miracle, and mamas make it possible through their strength and power."
"Hang in their [sic] pregnant mamas!" she added. "We got this."
The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star recently welcomed a daughter with husband Dan Gregor, but called the experience the most "emotionally intense week."
"She's here. She's home," Bloom began her Instagram post on April 1.
"Having a baby in the NICU during a pandemic while a dear friend was in the hospital 3,000 miles away made this by far the most emotionally intense week of mine and Gregor's lives," she continued. "As the lovely doctors and nurses helped my daughter get some fluid out of her lungs, we watched the maternity ward around us change hourly to prepare for the upcoming COVID storm."
Bloom shared that she and her baby are now at home resting.
"The whole family is now home safe and I am just so grateful to all of our medical workers," the new mom wrote.
"From those in our NICUS to those directly helping COVID patients like Adam, they are sacrificing so much to fight on the front lines of this war," she continued, referencing Adam Schlesinger, a longtime friend and music producer on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, who has since died from complications from the virus.
"Thank you thank you thank you. Brb, gonna go get to know the person who came out of my vagina," Bloom added.
In the March 2020 issue of Glamour magazine, the soccer star opened up about the possibility of delivering her first child without her husband, Servando Carrasco, by her side.
"That definitely scared me," Morgan said of hearing that some hospitals are barring pregnant women from having partners in the delivery room as a way to combat the spread of the virus.
She added, "I wouldn't feel comfortable delivering without my husband or my doula, but especially my husband."
Having originally planned to have a natural birth, the mom-to-be discussed how her plans have changed since the pandemic. She explained that delivering in a hospital would come down whether or not her husband could be in the room.
"That has been a big discussion with my husband, with my mom, with my team of care - What do I do?" she said, adding, "I would love to give birth at home and have such an intense but beautiful moment of life there."
Despite the uncertainty, Morgan is excited to meet her baby girl, and is happy to have more time with her now that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been pushed back to 2021.
"There are a hundred things that have been going through my mind," she told Glamour. "Now I have more time to deal, and I'll have more time with my daughter without the endless questions."
She continued, "I can figure it out with a little more calm and a little more clarity. I have to look to the positives."
Otis and husband Doug Hehner are another couple who had to rethink their delivery plan.
The Married at First Sight couple joined PeopleTV in a video chat for "Reality Check," during which they revealed that they have chosen a home birth to welcome their second child because "the pros outweighed the cons."
"You learn in nursing school that the safest place is the hospital to have a baby because then they have everything there handy, god forbid [an emergency] happens last minute," Otis, who is a labor and delivery nurse, told PEOPLE.
Hehner said the couple "did a ton of research" on home births before making their decision, explaining, "The fact that I may or may not be able to be a support person at the delivery in the hospital [and] what do we do with our daughter if I can't leave the hospital? At least with our house, we know it's a more controlled environment."
"The pros … outweighed the cons of everything else," he added.
Despite their decision to welcome their baby at home, Otis said she would "never" push a specific birth experience onto another set of parents-to-be, and instead encourages them along the path of "educating yourself, and finding out what's best for you and your family."
Otis also mentioned that the thought of her baby possibly contracting COVID-19 and "getting stuck in a hospital in the midst of this pandemic" was another worry that crossed her mind.
"It was just a nightmare," she said of the possible scenario.
As a first-time mom-to-be, the Total Bellas star is thrilled to be pregnant but is also "really bummed" to have to forgo pregnancy events like in-person parenting classes and having a baby shower.
"I imagined getting pregnant forever and I had to cancel my baby shower," Bella told PEOPLE. "Anything fun that you do that you get so excited for your first time pregnant, I had to cancel, and that really bummed me out. Just going to classes with Artem, and now we're going to do everything online, or even going out and shopping for a baby and grabbing lunch. Just everything we do is from the computer."
"Hopefully maybe I do get [a baby shower] right before [I give birth], but it's been hard not getting all those first things," she added.
Elizabeth Sandoz Presta
On an episode of her Miraculous Mamas podcast, the Bachelor season 21 contestant and husband Vito revealed that they're having a baby and a home birth is a likely option.
"I'm halfway through my pregnancy, 20 weeks, and I'm super excited," said Sandoz Presta, who also shared that the baby is due between late August and early September.
Vito said that should the coronavirus pandemic extend until his wife's due date, he would want them to have a home birth, assuming all parties involved are healthy.
"If we were to have a home birth, it would be everything's good, all the vitals are good, you're good, you're not at risk for anything, the baby is not at risk for anything," he told his wife, during the podcast. "The chances of us having a healthy birth are very, very high."
"But if there was anything that showed this may not go well, then we are going to the hospital," Presta added.
Homeland actor Maury Sterling and wife Alexis welcomed their first child, a baby boy, on March 31.
"Welcome to our little bear," the actress wrote on Instagram as she introduced her new baby to the world. "Ford Bryant Sterling was born this morning at 4:08am. He's healthy and we cannot thank the staff at @cedarssinai for taking amazing care of us as we bring a tiny human into a pandemic."
She also added, "PLEASE LOOK INTO DONATING PPE TO YOUR LOCAL HOSPITAL/CLINIC."
The proud parents are now enjoying family life and looking at the "quarantine bright side" by taking family naps and "getting a jump on isolation homeschooling" with new dad Sterling reading Tolkien to baby Ford.