As many people are self-isolating to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Emilia Bechrakis says that her complicated pregnancy with baby Zena made her feel prepared to stay at home for extended periods of time. In an interview with BravoTV.com, the Million Dollar Listing New York mom opened up about her experience, and explained how she and Ryan Serhant are doing.
“I hear about how everybody has to isolate and stay home, and they have to stay home with their kids, and it’s a big change. I imagine it is for kids that go to school, but for us, I’m home with her almost all the time,” explained Emilia. “During my pregnancy, I was at home the entire time because I had a very complicated pregnancy, and I was so scared. I feel like it’s not much of a difference.”
Although this is not entirely new territory for Emilia personally, she noted that it’s an incredibly difficult time for lots of people.
“I think I’m amongst the people who in the beginning, thought it was never going to come to this,” she said. “Now, I get nervous. I get nervous for my mother, I get nervous for the baby. I mean, you’re hearing all of these crazy stories, and it’s just heartbreaking. We’re trying to do as much as we can for people who have lost their jobs, and they don’t have food, and it’s heartbreaking.”
Emilia also explained that in addition to simply staying home, her complicated pregnancy with Zena, who turned one on February 26, left her prepared with the kinds of supplies her family would need to prevent illness.
“I’ve always had this, not germophobia, but I’ve always been super cautions about things. So, I’ve had surgical masks. I don’t have the super, duper N95 ones that everybody’s talking about, and that we have a shortage of,” she explained. “But, I always had the surgical masks, I always had disposable gloves. I had surface cleaners, medical wipes, and things like that, especially when I was pregnant, because I was so scared of the flu season, that I already had those things. So, I didn’t feel like I needed to run and get all of these Lysol things.”
The family is currently staying at Ryan’s parents’ home in New Hampshire with Emilia’s mother.
“I work primarily from home, Ryan is probably the busier of the two in the sense of being out all the time. So, for me it’s a blessing that I get to have him at home,” said Emilia. “Maybe that sounds different to other people who, I guess it’s more frustrating for them to be in one place. But for me, I quite enjoy it.”
She explained that although her own day-to-day hasn’t changed too much, Ryan’s daily schedule has considerably shifted.
“I’m pretty sure he wishes he could be in the office and run around and work, because Ryan is that type of person. He loves his work, and he loves being active and he loves being out there. You know, for him it might be harder to adjust to this new normal,” said Emilia. “And we don’t even know how long this is going to be, which I think is what’s spreading anxiety and fear for people. But, for the time being, we’re trying to adjust to this new situation and we have no idea what’s going to happen. We’ve been pretty good. It’s nice to have him around.”
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