Coping – Covid plus 40 weeks pregnant!

Blogging does not come naturally to me…I am the type of person who doesn’t think anyone would be interested in anything I have to say. But when running your own business, it’s what we’re told to do, so here I am, giving it a shot! Over the next few months, I will be bringing you the ups and downs of getting back into riding after pregnancy. I just need to get the whole birth thing out the way first. Wish me luck!

How many times have we heard the word unprecedented over the past few months? Probably more times than we have heard it during our whole lives before 2020 arrived! But it really is the best word to describe the uncertain, strange situation we find ourselves in right now.

I know everyone will have their own version of how Covid is impacting their day to day life; much of which we can all relate to, but how about being 40 weeks pregnant with your first child at the same time!

When I found out I was pregnant last year, I was not expecting to be spending my last few days with bump stuck in the house, not being able to do the simplest of things. This does not sound like me at all, but I actually miss doing the food shop! Not to mention that I haven’t seen my dear horse Paddy properly for nearly a month now. Although I’m sure he is oblivious to this fact! I will be forever grateful to the yard staff for their assistance, especially during lockdown. They have been fantastic since I found out I was pregnant.

We are all very lucky that we have almost unlimited access to our friends and family via technology. What would we do without Facetime and Whatsapp?! I am also very grateful I have a fantastic partner who has taken over any essential trips out to the shops so I don’t have to worry about putting myself and bump at risk. But, how much longer will we all have to isolate ourselves before things can get back to normal?

I can’t wait to get back down to the farm and to start riding again. But realistically, with a newborn who will have a low immune system, it is worth the risk of me venturing out of the house to ride, which is a non-essential activity? I guess it is something I will need to reassess when the time comes.

There is one thing I am sure of though. Getting back in the saddle will be interesting after having not ridden or done much exercise for 6/7 months!! So I am planning to work with a trainer with an equestrian background, who can help me regain some riding fitness and strength back after birth. As soon as I feel up to it of course. I hope this will give me a good base so that when I get back on, I don’t feel like a complete beginner again!

Confidence wise, I have never been the most courageous of riders, so it will be interesting to see if I am more or less nervous when I start riding again after my pregnancy is over!

In addition to all of this, I have to keep My Horse Box ticking over. You may have seen, but we have recently launched some new subscription services. You can check out what we have to offer by heading over to our shop.

I will keep you posted on my journey back to riding after pregnancy, but that’s all for now!

Kat xx