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MY HUSBAND WAS BURNT OUT BEFORE LOCKDOWN
Jen Curnow, 35, lives in Indian Queens, Cornwall, with husband Josh, 31, a full-time musician. She has a ten-year-old son, Cohen, from a previous relationship and gave birth to baby Romi in February. She says:
Considering how long it took us to conceive our baby son, Romi, his birth was remarkably quick. I went into labour one morning in late February and it accelerated so fast that there was no time to get to hospital. One push and our gorgeous boy was here.
We’d started trying for a baby on honeymoon in the Caribbean in April 2018, and when we still hadn’t conceived 11 months later, fertility tests revealed there shouldn’t be any reason why we couldn’t.
Because I already had a son we weren’t eligible for fertility treatment on the NHS, so we tracked my cycle and had sex on my most fertile days each month.
Yet we still didn’t get the positive pregnancy test we longed for until two days before Father’s Day last June, by which time our daily lives had altered significantly as a result of lockdown and we’d stopped obsessing about my cycle.
The early detection test said I was three weeks pregnant, which we could trace back to the late May bank holiday weekend when we’d had a loving and fun evening together — a far cry from the timetabled, regimented love-making of pre-lockdown.
Josh and I were overjoyed as we stood hugging in the bathroom, unable to believe our eyes.
Jen said pre-pandemic Josh’s anxiety was through the roof and he was burnt out. Pictured: Jen and Josh with baby Romi
The more we thought about it, it dawned on us that lockdown was a major factor in me finally getting pregnant. It forced a huge amount of stress out of our lives.
I don’t say that lightly, as the pandemic has been agonising for millions of people who’ve lost loved ones, jobs and businesses, or fallen ill.
Pre-pandemic, Josh had been fortunate to work flat out for four years songwriting and travelling around the world performing as a solo artist — he made it to the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2016. But with barely any downtime his anxiety was through the roof and he was burnt out.