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Pregnant During the Pandemic: What you actually need to know

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Do you feel anxious, isolated, and stir crazy because you are pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Pregnant During the Pandemic

Are you pregnant during the pandemic? We all seem to have a feeling of uncertainty during times like this. You turn on the news and even the health experts seem to be learning new things about the coronavirus right along with us!

What normally helps me during these times is to stay informed so that I can make sure that I can protect my family and myself, and give myself time to relax and decompress.

Are Pregnant Women at a higher risk of getting severely sick with the coronavirus disease?

A doctor who is standing in the hall of a hospital and is wearing a mask to reduce the risk of getting covid-19

According to the CDC, pregnant people might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant people. Additionally there might be an increased risk of adverse outcomes such as preterm birth, among other things. If you are pregnant, be mindful about reducing your risk of getting sick.

Protect yourself and your family from COVID-19

What Special Precautions Should I take if I’m Pregnant during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

A woman taking special precautions against the covid-19 pandemic by wearing a mask

How can you reduce the risk of getting COVID-19?

The best ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are:

  • Limit your interactions with other people as much as possible through social distancing
  • When interacting with others is unavoidable, take by wearing a mask while in the company of others
  • Follow proper handwashing protocols
  • Consider shopping alternatives such as grocery store pick-up, delivery, online shopping.

If you start feeling sick and think you may have COVID-19, call your healthcare provider within 24 hours.

A person washing their hands with soap and water to prevent the spread of infection

Remember even with the proper mask and handwashing techniques, there is no way to ensure you have a zero chance of getting sick with COVID-19, so try to be as safe as possible.

COVID-19 and pregnancy consideration

Actions to take if you are pregnant

  • Keep up with your prenatal care appointments. Do not skip them, always reschedule if necessary, if you are concerned about attending your appointment due to COVID-19 talk to your healthcare provider.
  • Take your prenatal vitamins
  • Make sure that you have at least a 30-day supply of your medicines and consider mail order from your local pharmacy or vitamin store.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about how to stay healthy and take care of yourself during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Talk to your provider about ways to boost your immune system.
  • If you don’t have a healthcare provider, contact your nearest community health center or health department.
  • Seek care immediately if you have a medical emergency.

Talk to your provider about how they are taking steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus during prenatal appointments as well as during labor and delivery.

Prepare for a Safe Labor During the Pandemic

Take a virtual tour of the labor and delivery unit at your chosen healthcare facility

Delivering your baby is always safest under the supervision of trained healthcare professionals. If you have questions about the best place to deliver your baby, discuss them with your healthcare provider.

When you are feel in doubt remember, you are a STRONG Woman, you got this. As women we were born ready to be able to endure for the sake of our children! You will get through these challenges to be able to hold your sweet bundle of joy at the end.

Self-Care is the most important during this time. Taking care of yourself is taking care of you baby.

Self-care tips for a healthier ‘pandemic pregnancy’

  • Relax by practicing breathing techniques such as stretching, walking or water aerobics with clearance from your healthcare provider. Check out spinning babies for more.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), exercising during pregnancy can lead to a lower incidence of:

  • preterm birth
  • cesarean birth
  • excessive weight gain
  • gestational diabetes or hypertensive disorders such as preeclampsia
  • lower birth weight

It’s also an excellent way to:

  • maintain physical fitness
  • Reduce low back pain (hello, growing tummy!)
  • manage symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • reduce stress
  • improve postpartum recovery

Physically isolate but stay connected

two people isolating to be safe during the pandemic but staying connected by communicating via facetime.

Here are ways we can stay social while social distancing:

Virtual happy hour with mock-tails.

Read a Book

Watch Movies

Go for a Walk

Take a backyard staycation

Pregnant During the Pandemic?

Staying physically active during pregnancy is beneficial for both mom and baby.

Including some form of exercise most days of the week can help keep your core strong, your muscles fit, and your cardiovascular system in top shape. Plus it can do wonders for your mental health.

Make sure to listen to your body and stop if you feel any discomfort or pain. And as always, talk with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about how your body is responding to an exercise program.

Read this to Make Sure that You are Prepared for a Safe Labor During the Pandemic.

Disclaimer: This post Disclosure might contain Amazon affiliate links. Any purchase made through such links will award me a small commission (or referral fee), at no extra cost for you. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only recommend products that I personally use and/or genuinely love (I would never promote any products or services that I wouldn’t pay for myself), and I always have my readers’ best interest at heart.

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