The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the healthcare landscape for many patient populations, including pregnant women. Given that this is a novel virus, little is known about its impact on pregnant women. During pregnancy, a woman's immune system is weakened making her susceptible to infections. We do recommend you take extra precautions if you are an expectant mom. These tips are applicable for children and women undergoing fertility treatment as well.
Doctor’s Advice for Pregnant Women
- As the virus takes root more easily in the bodies of those with a weakened immune system, expecting mothers must make sure to eat healthy by getting the right supply of nutrients. Add plenty of veggies, fruits, and nuts to your diet.
- Vitamins, calcium, and mineral supplements prescribed by the doctor should be strictly continued.
- Make sure to wash the food well before cooking.
- Keep attending prenatal appointments, but be aware that some of these appointments may occur online or over the phone.
- Tele-consultations and video calls can replace routine check-ups. Avoid hospital visits unless absolutely necessary. We recommend you get the 12th Week scan and 20th Week scan without fail.
- High-risk patients, who need to be constantly monitored, will have to go for their regular check-ups as discussed with the doctor.
- People should always wash their hands with soap after returning home.
- People at home should maintain strict physical distancing from the expecting mother.
- When preparing food for yourself and others, follow good food hygiene practices to avoid food contamination and foodborne diseases.
- A high fever or difficulty breathing are signs that urgent care is necessary. Try to call the hospital before arriving at the emergency room so that they can take the necessary precautions.
- Practice physical distancing. If you have or may have COVID-19, you must isolate yourself in your home.
- Maintain at least 1-meter distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- There are certain precautions you need to take and if you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
- If you have back pain, stomach pain, bleeding, or watery discharge, immediately seek medical attention.
- If you are in labor, visit the hospital immediately.
General precautions to be taken
Pregnant women should take the same precautions to avoid COVID-19 infection as other people.
- Washing your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Keeping space between yourselves and others and avoid crowded spaces.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Practice respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces.
Avail our 24/7 Emergency Services
If you are worried about the health and well-being of you and the baby, try to hold on to some optimism. Following personal hygiene and practicing caution can go a long way. Pregnant women may feel additional stress, anxiety, or depression during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is best to focus on the elements that you can control, including self-care and physical distancing. Remember, all pregnant women, including those with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, have the right to high-quality care before, during and after childbirth. This includes antenatal, newborn, postnatal, and intrapartum health care.
We, at Prashanth Hospitals, offer 24/7 emergency services in case you go into labor. Our experts and staff are well-trained to care for you during labor, or any other emergencies.