The global COVID-19 pandemic makes being pregnant something you need to be even more cautious about today. It requires another level of safety that you may not have thought of before. To ensure that you have the safest pregnancy possible, there are some things that we recommend that our patients do to keep them and their babies out of harm’s way.
Your Guide to Avoiding the Coronavirus While Pregnant
This short guide gives you something to refer to whenever you need assistance. It’s written in a way to provide you with quick information that you can apply right away. That way, you don’t take a chance on contracting the coronavirus while out.
Here is how to have a safe pregnancy during COVID-19:
- Know what symptoms to look for in yourself and others. If you’re experiencing a persistent fever, cough, shortness of breath, tightness of chest, sore throat, or sudden loss of taste or smell, you’ll need to seek medical attention right away. If anything feels ‘off’ while you’re pregnant, don’t hesitate to contact your team of healthcare professionals immediately.
- Practice social distancing. Keep a distance of six feet apart from others outside your household. If possible, have someone else run errands for you or invest in delivery services.
- Wear a mask. A cloth covering over the nose and mouth can help prevent the spread of droplets, which cause the coronavirus. Always keep a spare with you in case something happens to compromise the first mask.
- Wash your hands frequently. Use warm soapy water and hum the Birthday Song twice before rinsing. Use paper towels or gloves to open door handles, but make sure to dispose of them before entering your car or touching your face.
- Take the prenatal vitamin provided to you. It helps prevent congenital disabilities in your infant. A lack of folic acid causes spinal Bifida.
- Attend all scheduled doctor’s appointments. Let the medical professional perform routine check-ups on you and your baby. That way, if there is an issue, they can help take care of it right away.
- Avoid high-risk places. Public venues such as large family gatherings and concerts are considered the highest level of risk. Attending religious services or any other activity for any length of time is also problematic.
You and your baby can remain safe during the global pandemic by being conscientious about the activities you participate in currently. High threat activities, such as attending a large gathering or eating at an indoor restaurant packed with people, are to be avoided. Following the CDC, WHO, and your state’s guidelines for flattening the curve also helps. That means frequent handwashing and the wearing of face masks when in public spaces.
Contact OBGYN High Desert for Further Instruction
Dr. Ahmadinia will go over details about eating healthy foods, getting adequate rest, and engaging in indoor exercises such as yoga that help you feel your best while carrying your child. Attending all doctor’s appointments and taking prenatal vitamins is highly recommended. It’s safety measures that enable you and your little one to thrive.