Did you get pregnant in 2020? Or are you planning a baby soon? Well, congratulations are in order. And so are words of strong advice and caution. With the Coronavirus pandemic showing no signs of abating, pregnant women have to be extra careful and cautious at this time. In this blog, we wish to give you some helpful tips and tricks that will help you stay safe, and have a wonderful pregnancy experience nonetheless.
- First things first, we would like to address the white elephant: are pregnant women more susceptible to COVID-19, and does it affect them differently? There’s lots of research floating around – online and offline – that indicate that pregnant women are at higher risk than women who are not. But the silver lining is that data on this topic is still evolving, there is no real, conclusive evidence to hang onto. Also, one must remember pregnant women’s bodies are already vulnerable owing to the many different changes that take place within and outside the body. Therefore, being slightly more susceptible to COVID-19 shouldn’t surprise expecting mothers. But having said that, practicing complacency is not an option.
- It’s better to be safe than sorry. Our advice to all the pregnant women out there is, take charge of their safety no matter what. Whether there’s a virus lurking around or not, it is a must for pregnant women to take all necessary precautions to ensure that no unwanted bacteria or other deadly microorganisms enter into their system and disturb them. In other words, practice frequent handwashing, do not touch your face, eyes, nose, lips, or mouth unnecessarily. And above, be social but maintain a good distance. And if you’re stepping in the outdoors, don’t forget to wear a surgical or medical-grade mask.
- Do not give up on eating healthy food. In fact, we’d strongly advise you to up the intake of green leafy vegetables, fruits, dry fruits, and nuts. All of these are immunity boosters that will keep you feeling good and healthy in these tough times.
- If you can replace in-person doctor visits with virtual consultations instead. Take full advantage of online instant messaging tools to stay in touch with your gynecologist. Only visit the clinic or hospital if your doctor wants to run some tests on you – ultrasound, fetal testing, blood pressure, etc.
- Running short on your pregnancy med supplies? Don’t step out. Rather, indulge in online shopping, or request your doctor or pharmacist to door-deliver the medications to you. Make sure to stock your meds in good quantities so that you don’t have to do a lot of back-and-forths to get supplies delivered to you on time.
Prevention is better than cure. Let this adage be a reminder for you to keep yourself safe and healthy. Take the right measures, have a good system to keep you entertained and in good spirits, and we hope that your pregnancy turns out to be a good one with a beautiful ending. Stay safe!
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