Coronavirus, Covid-19, Delta , Omicron, ‘The Virus’. Simply, a virus by any other name is still ‘The Virus’.
If you listen to the news reports, even if you don’t, I’m sure you are aware of the Covid Surge that is happening. It seems every day, more and more individuals are testing positive, even those who are vaccinated.
If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, this may cause an anxiety inducing state of mind. Will this ever end? When will normal start? What is the new normal? Especially with recommendations changing rapidly.
As a nurse I’ve seen many things since 2020, professionally and personally. I’ve had highs and lows, but I remain faithful in God and science that all will eventually be well. I have talked with women who may be reading this post who experienced a pandemic pregnancy, and those who are starting their journey. I am here with you, with the same goal as always: HEALTHY MOM / HEALTHY BABY. How can I help you get to delivery and beyond at your best health and have your baby at your side.
So with the questions at the forefront of your mind: Will it ever end? What does this mean for you and baby? How can everyone stay safe? Walk with me as we navigate Staying Safe during a Pandemic While Pregnant.
The two most important tips I can give you before providing 11 Nurse Tips for staying Safe in a Pandemic while Pregnant
- Speak to your provider about all of your concerns and their tips to stay healthy and safe
- Secondly, do your best to not get Covid
Let’s jump in with Eleven (11) ways for Staying Safe in the Midst of a Pandemic
There are many things you can do to stay safe during a pandemic. The pandemic we are currently experiencing with the Covid-19 virus is mainly spread from person to person mainly through respiratory droplets (Center for Disease Control [CDC},2021. Therefore, we know this virus is highly contagious and its important to protect the physical.
However, it is just as important to protect your mental health.
Protect Your Mental Health
Being in the thick of a pandemic can be exhausting. This current pandemic has been long lasting with no definite end in sight. Be mindful of your emotions, thoughts and seek help when needed.With no definite end in sight, establish a village , community, support system that you trust. Have someone who can identify when you are not quite yourself and someone you can be completely transparent. Be open to seeking professional help, from a therapist or counselor who can help you navigate your feelings and emotions.
Limit Exposure To Large Crowds
Of course, I’m not suggesting you avoid people. However, choose outings and locations that are not overcrowded, stay 6 feet apart and avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
Virtual Prenatal Visits
If your provider offer telehealth or virtual visits, take advantage of the opportunity. It will allow you to stay home, out of crowds and still receive prenatal care.
Typically, for the visit you will need
- Weight Scale
- Fetal Doppler- to listen to your baby’s heart beat
- Blood Pressure Kit
- Good Wifi to connect to your doctor’s through a secure system
Why masks? Mask help protect a person from respiratory droplets or small particles when a person coughs, talks, or breathes. The mouth and nose covering will help protect you from Covid.
- Find a mask that covers the mouth and nose
- Fit securely but comfortable behind your ears
- When in the car or by yourself, you don’t have to wear the mask
- When in public —> mask up!
Wash Your Hands Frequently
- Carry hand sanitizer if you are not around soap and water
- Use soap and water when available
- Wash hands for 20 seconds
Keep All Prenatal Care Visits
The importance of routine, consistent prenatal care, cannot be stressed enough. During the heighten stress and events occurring the pandemic, it is easy to decide to stay home and avoid going out. However, this can lead to an increased risk of not being cared for during your pregnancy. As mentioned, speak to your provider to see if they have virtual visits. If not, keep your prenatal care appointment, wear your mask, carry your hand sanitizer and try to stay 6 feet apart in the waiting room.
Balanced Diet / Exercise
The key to health is keeping your body healthy.
- Take your prenatal care vitamins daily as recommended by your doctor
- Eat nutritious foods. Eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, proteins and carbs
- Exercise– with your doctor’s permission
The Covid-19 vaccine is available as well as the booster. Speak with provider and ask their recommendation when and if you should be vaccinated.
Speak with your provider of what you need to stay healthy and keep your baby healthy. Understand be aware of the guidelines regarding Covid-19 and the new updated recommendations.
Avoid Individuals You Know Are Sick
If you know someone that is sick or recently diagnosed with Covid, keep your distance.
Take Care of Yourself and Rest
Get plenty of rest to avoid getting exhausted, this can increase your risk of becoming ill if exposed to the virus (CDC,2021).
In conclusion, the fact is the world is in the height of a pandemic. The Covid virus is raging through the world. Being pregnant during the pandemic can lead to a risk of losing your joy while pregnant and booming ill. This is especially true for women with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, asthma or heart disease and at a higher risk of experiencing complications if developing Covid (CDC,2021).
I want to encourage you to take precautions, stay masked up, wash your hands, avoid crowds and keep all prenatal care appointments. You can be pregnant during a pandemic and still have a joyful pregnancy. You can still celebrate new life. You can have a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery.
I hope these tips presented in this blog with the direction of your doctor and/or midwife keep you safe and healthy.
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