Pregnancy can be an overwhelming experience for many women. The physical and hormonal changes that come along with it are unique. If you are pregnant, it is obvious for you to worry about yourself and your baby. But being pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic can add to your worry. Though there is no indication that pregnant women are at higher risk of contracting with COVID-19, you must take all the precautions to keep yourself and the baby safe.
Over here we discuss how you can handle your pregnancy in a better way during the COVID-19 pandemic:
1. Self-care during COVID-19: While the precautions to avoid COVID-19 infection are not very different from those who are not pregnant, here are a few tips for pregnant women to remain safe during COVID-19:
Stay at home and avoid meeting outsiders.
Avoid running errands and going to places where it is difficult to maintain social distancing.
Wash your hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand rub.
It’s best to make arrangements beforehand so that in case of an emergency it is easy to reach the hospital.
Go through the pregnancy, delivery & labour related warning signs and symptoms.
Be regular with your prenatal appointments.
Make sure you don’t delay or miss your flu shot. Flu can cause serious health complications to pregnant women.
Consult your gynaecologist obstetrician in Siliguri if there are any flu-like symptoms.
Before going to the hospital, consult your obstetrician online or telephonically so that you club general consultation and ultrasound in one visit.
You must maintain social distancing and avoid high-touch surfaces.
Do not crowd the hospital. Restrict the number of people accompanying you.
To avoid wasting time, make sure you carry all your documents with you.
Keep your gynaecologist-obstetrician in the loop about your travel history.
Once you are back from the hospital, remember to sanitize yourself. Dispose of your mask without touching it from the outer surface.
2. Precautions to take during hospital visits
For a pregnant woman, hospital visits are crucial to keep a tab on the baby’s health as well as the mother’s health. Regular ultrasound gives obstetricians important information like fetal position, fetal growth, and the level of amniotic fluid. Knowing all this can help you avoid labour-related complications. All this makes hospital visits necessary. When you visit hospitals, keep these precautions handy:
Throw a virtual baby shower.
Join online birth classes.
Discuss your birth plans with your obstetrician-gynaecologist.
Learn breathing techniques for stress relief.
Connect with family and friends regularly.
Stay informed about COVID-19 but don’t overwhelm yourself with information.
Take out time for yourself and indulge soothing and fun activities like movie nights and at-home workouts. Do whatever makes you happy.
3. Manage stress and anxiety: the rapid spread of COVID-19 around the world can make anyone feel anxious. But to be pregnant during this time can be all the more stressful. The fear and anxiety related to the pandemic and the inability to throw a baby shower, missing in-person birth classes and adjusting birth plans can be too overwhelming. The best way to deal with the situation is to take control of the situation. You can do the following things:
We, at Neotia Getwel Healthcare Centre, a leading childbirth hospital in Siliguri, are committed to providing comprehensive care to pregnant women. We have some of the best obstetricians in Siliguri on board who are extensively trained in clinical and surgical techniques to manage emergency high-risk pregnancies. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we promise you a safe delivery at our hospital.