Pregnant and Postpartum Parents

Even in the best of times, stress, anxiety, and depression are all common experiences during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Pregnancy comes with changes to your body, your lifestyle, and your family, all of which can be stressful. During this public health crisis, pregnancy may come with additional concerns about navigating social distancing, hospital policy changes, and the risk of getting sick. While much is uncertain about this pandemic, one thing we do know is that taking care of your own mental and physical health is one of the best things you can do for your pregnancy and your growing family.

Taking Care of your Mental Health

  • See recommendations from the National Perinatal Association on how to manage mental health in and around pregnancy.
  • Call our COVID help line at 631-632-CHAT (2428) to be connected to appropriate support and other resources, including our antepartum and postpartum COVID 19 telehealth support groups.

Keeping Up to Date on Medical Recommendations

  • When looking for medical advice about managing your risk of COVID-19, it’s always best to go to trusted sources. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are posting the latest updates to the science of pregnancy and breastfeeding during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Be mindful about how much time you spend researching this crisis – you probably have a good sense of whether you are causing yourself unnecessary stress by spending excessive time looking at COVID-19 updates.

OB Hotline

  • The Stony Brook Medicine Coronavirus Pregnancy Hotline (631)-444-8940 is open to anyone, including employees, with questions about the coronavirus. Calls are answered by Stony Brook Medicine healthcare professionals, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. The hotline is being promoted through various channels, including our Women’s Health Website.

New York State Resources for Pregnant and Parenting Families