Having a baby during lockdown has been an unusual for many.
Mums have been left to attend appointments alone and new parents can’t introduce their little one to friends and family.
But one mum couldn’t help but laugh when her lockdown baby seemed to be getting prepared for this strange world before it’s even left the womb.
Samantha Spicer, 34, from Rushden, Northamptonshire, spotted her unborn baby looked like she was wearing a mask on the 12-week-scan.
The hairdresser said: ‘It was a shock to see my baby wearing a mask in the womb, but so funny and it really summed up being pregnant during Covid.
‘Even more so when just days later I was diagnosed with the virus.’
Due to lockdown restrictions, Samantha was forced to attend her antenatal appointment without her husband, David, 32.
But family were quick to point out the funny side of the photo when they shared the news of their pregnancy.
The couple who have been together 11 years and married in 2018, have an older son, Harry, nine, and their daughter is due in May.
The mobile hairdresser and her mechanical worker husband could see how the sketchy shadows on the scan are visibly lighter across the nose, mouth and chin of baby’s face and the same lighter colour makes a clean line back across the side of baby’s head, like the string of a mask tucking behind her little ear.
‘It was so clear to see, plain as day,’ Samantha said.
‘The staff looked at the monitor and then looked at me and we both started to laugh. I said ” yes I can see it too! She looks just like she is wearing a mask”.’
In another scan photo, their daughter can be seen waving hi, with her tiny hand raised in the air.
Just a few days later, Samantha tested positive for coronavirus and she now sees a deeper meaning in the scan.
‘We didn’t know it at the time, but after I was told I had Covid, it felt like a sign from baby telling me she would be safe.
‘We joked she was wearing her mask to protect herself from me and it helped me keep calm. It was a very worrying time to be pregnant and fighting Covid, but thankfully I am now over the worst of it and looking forward to a less stressful pregnancy going forward.’
Now the family are looking forward to the baby joining them in spring.
Samantha said: ‘It just sums up being pregnant during lockdown and this crazy time. It’s an odd world we are living in right now and I think it was her way to let me know she is safe and happy.
‘I am nervous about going into labour during a lockdown. With everything happening of course I am apprehensive about her being delivered safely and whether David will be able to be with me and what restrictions we will face.
‘It’s a very uncertain time, but we are keeping positive and the scan photo really made us smile – at least we know she is prepared for lockdown life on the outside.’
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