Jules Robinson on surviving coronavirus lockdown while pregnant

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In an exclusive interview with Healthy-ish, Married at First Sight star and mother-to-be Jules Robinson opens up about her time in coronavirus self-isolation, and how it only helped strengthen her relationship with husband Cameron Merchant.

The coronavirus lockdown tested everyone’s mental health. There was the anxiety of being stuck indoors and living in uncertain times, combined with depression primarily caused from watching the news 24/7, while also having to deal with ongoing financial stress.

But although the last few months have no doubt being tough for everyone in one way or another, imagine having to do it all whilst being pregnant with your first child. That was the case for Jules Robinson.

The former Married at First Sight star entered isolation with her husband Cameron Merchant, without having announced her exciting baby news to the world and before the official nationwide lockdown – and within a few days of being confined to the walls of her home, she experienced a rollercoaster of emotions.

“The first two weeks was a bit tough,” the mother-to-be tells co-hosts Maz Compton and Alison Izzo on the latest episode of Healthy-ish ‘Love on the line’.

“I think we had too much knowledge. I had just launched my first baby figure in the same month COVID hit and I just had the news on 24/7, and after just a week of it I was on the floor.”

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“I was a mess and obviously had hormones fuelled everywhere, and in tears not just for myself, but for my own selfish reasons of reading about New York at the time and men not being able to be with their wife when giving birth, and all these unknowns… and then in tears for the rest of the world.”

“It was a pretty traumatic time, and that’s when we learnt to just not have too much information – put the news on once a day and that’s enough to know what’s going on.”

But as emotionally challenging as the first few weeks were for both Jules and Cam, they quickly adjusted to their new life in isolation.

“We just felt like we were back in the experiment again, actually,” Jules says. “We were back in MAFS. I mean, if we did it once, we could do it again because you’re 24/7 with someone for three months on the show, so we were like ‘we’ve got this’.”

And while there were moments when her pregnancy hormones wanted to get the better of her – as well as an emergency scare at 19 weeks – it was Cam who was there supporting her at every step of the way.

“The ups and downs with the hormones – wow! Poor husband. I cry because I love him so much and then I just want to punch him,” she jokes.

“People say when you give birth you just fall in love with your husband again if you’re lucky enough to have that one that’s just there and supportive.

“I have just got such a supportive husband who probably hates me at times now, but it’s been great. I’m really grateful.”

Talk about a couple who managed to come out the other end MORE in love!

Want to hear more from Jules? Listen to Healthy-ish episode ‘Love on the line’ above, at Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts from.


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