At 34, I Won’t Be Fertile Forever. Should I Get Pregnant Amid The Coronavirus Crisis?

Justine Feron
The author, her husband and their son.

Three years ago, I had a miscarriage. It happened while I was on a family vacation in California, causing my husband and me to trade wine tours and beach days for blood draws and ultrasounds. Then, two years ago, my textbook pregnancy took a high-risk turn, requiring months of bedrest, weekly scans and a long stay in the hospital. So if anyone knows the importance of being able to roll into an emergency room in the middle of a pregnancy crisis, it’s me.

And yet, in the eye of a pandemic, when there’s never been a worse time to leave home, let alone to need medical care, a dangerous thought has been burrowing in my brain.

Should we try to get pregnant again?

As my husband, Emmett, and I walk slowly up and down our block with our 18-month-old toddler in tow, I raise the question.

“Have you seen those articles about how people expect there to be a COVID baby boom in nine months?” I ask, by way of an opener.

“Yeah, and they’ll all name their kids Corona,” he laughs.

“Well, what do you think of that?”

He stops mid-stride and looks up at me. “What, you want to have a baby named Corona?”

“Maybe,” I say. I’m trying to be coy, but it comes out sounding vaguely threatening. Of course I don’t want to name this hypothetical infant after a global pandemic. Or a beer brand, for that matter. I’m a reasonable person.

Or am I? Because what reasonable person, given my medical history and the moment we’re living in, would ever consider this?

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