Altered hospital policies, concerns about contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and changes to doctors’ office hours have affected pregnancy. In addition, COVID-19 is a virus that can affect pregnant women.
Pregnant women should know what they can do to protect themselves from getting this disease.
Pregnancy is an exciting time. But it can also be scary because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some people may feel very anxious because of it, too.
During pregnancy, a high-stress level can cause symptoms like:
- changes in appetite
- feelings of fear and worry about the pregnancy or delivery
- poor sleep quality
- problems concentrating
If you are pregnant, try not to look at videos or watch the news all day long. Instead, only watch the news at certain times of the day, like in the morning or before dinner time. Or if you want to watch it before dinner time, stop watching it after that and do something fun that will help you sleep better at night.
It is also a good idea for pregnant women to take online antenatal classes to talk with other pregnant women who are going through similar things.
Also, try doing deep breathing or gentle stretching.
It is essential to take care of your relationships. Talk with friends and family on the telephone or through video conferences. Try to get enough sleep by going to bed at a particular time and limiting your screen time before that.
Maintain a healthful diet and do regular exercise. Eating well and being active can help keep you healthy during times when you are feeling bad mentally.
You could also try taking up a new hobby or finding an old one, like playing an instrument, learning another language, or reading. Other people may enjoy making blankets, clothes, or handmade toys for the baby coming or decorating the nursery that will be used soon enough!
If you are pregnant or a new parent, use online support groups and forums where you can talk to people who have the same problems. It is also good to speak with counselors online. They can help if you feel anxious, depressed, or stressed.
Ask for extra help from your partner or neighbor so that they do the grocery shopping for you if they are able. If a woman is experiencing mental distress, it is essential to speak to a doctor or another professional. Depression during pregnancy is common, but it can be treated.
Even if they are far away from their partner, pregnant women do not need to face depression or other mental health concerns alone.
When pregnant, it is vital to keep physical contact with other people to a minimum.
To reduce the risk of getting the coronavirus, make sure that you avoid contact with large groups of people. Going outside is only allowed for essential things like going to the grocery store or pharmacy.
You should also still go to your prenatal appointments, but some of them might happen over the phone instead. Modern technology lets doctors help people in different ways, and pregnant women are included too.
Doctors will help you to decide how often you should go for in-person visits. They may offer online video call visits called telemedicine. They may recommend spacing out ultrasound appointments or other in-person visits to reduce your risk of getting a virus that could harm the baby.
If possible, having a partner or delivery service for certain vital items can help reduce your exposure to viruses outside the home. Always wash your hands when you come back from outside.
If a pregnant woman has very similar symptoms to those of COVID-19, she should call a doctor. The doctor can give them recommendations about whether or not they need testing for COVID-19. For example, if the woman’s symptoms are mild, the doctor might recommend that they stay home, take Tylenol for fever relief, rest, and drink plenty of water.