Expecting a baby during the coronavirus pandemic is undoubtedly scary. The uncertainty of many things, including the health and safety of both mother and infant, may cause a great deal of stress and worry.
In June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study revealing that pregnant women may be more likely to suffer from a severe case of COVID-19 compared to other women of the same age range.
Additionally, doctors from France also published a case study this week, suggesting that newborns can catch the coronavirus before birth through an infected mother's placenta.
However, fear doesn't necessarily need to take over during trying times like these. It's always best to be informed when it comes to preventive measures and protocols.
Here are some tips to keep in mind to keep both mom and baby safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Follow protocols to prevent coronavirus spread
The basic practices for preventing the further spread of the coronavirus are proven effective, which is why health care providers urge patients to follow them. This goes for pregnant women as well. Social distancing, wearing face masks, and practicing frequent hand washing is the way to go, says Dr. Laura Riley, an OB-GYN at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Moreover, directions from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advise expectant mothers to limit their contact with other individuals as much as possible.
Additionally, the institute urges patients to maintain a supply of preparedness resources such as medications.
2. Stay at home. Go out only when necessary.
Taking every precaution could mean staying closer to home. At the moment, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Now that it isn't only about you, but the life inside of you as well, wise choices are needed to make sure safety and security from the virus are met. But of course, Dr. Riley says its also important to be realistic.
For one thing, pregnant women shouldn't miss their prenatal check-ups. Some doctors offer telehealth, but to properly assess the mother and baby's condition, face to face encounters are needed.
Additionally, one's mental health and exercise should not be ignored, as well. Going outside for a quick stroll or fresh air is part of staying healthy, which is why it is permitted, but make sure that preventive measures for the viral spread are still observed.
3. Set rules for visitors.
This might be one of the hardest preventive measures to follow. When it comes to outright telling relatives "no," many people might find it such a hard task to do.
When dealing with family members and friends who want to come and visit, make sure that they have quarantined themselves for at least 14 days before coming to visit. However, in the meantime, it would be better to postpone any visits in the first place.
Turning people down may be hard as not all would understand, but as long as a proper explanation is given, those close to you would most likely understand the situation that you are just taking precautions and that it is nothing against them.