These days, it’s not advisable to go outside unless completely necessary. However, when you’re pregnant, it’s a different story. Between doctor’s appointments and supply runs, sometimes you’re forced to step out.
Based on studies, there is currently no evidence that pregnant women are more at risk of getting infected with coronavirus;1 but that doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared for your excursions. Given this, we’ve compiled a short list of tips to help you better protect yourself from the outbreak.
Is it safe to go to my scheduled doctor’s appointment?
Expectant mothers are likely very anxious about how the pandemic could affect their pregnancies and the health of their child.
During a pandemic, pregnant women have the right for high quality care before, during and after childbirth.2 It is still important for you to get prenatal care but should limit face-to-face visits and opt for online or over-the-phone consultations for appointments that don’t require routine tests and scans.
The hospital is a high risk area for infection, and therefore should be avoided as much as possible. However, if a visit is absolutely necessary, remember to do the following:
- Wear face masks.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Carry a sanitizer with at least 70% of alcohol content.
- Avoid crowded areas and maintain 6 feet distance from people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
When using public toilets
Be well-equipped and always bring wet wipes or alcohol. Use these to disinfect the toilet seat before using it and wash your hands after going to the bathroom.
Keep the virus away from your home
Disinfect as soon as you come back home by taking a shower to avoid bringing germs into your home. Lastly, dispose used face mask properly in the trash and wash your hands after.
Take care of yourself regularly
Stay vigilant, Mommy! As much as possible, stay indoors.3 Get enough rest and eat well. Always keep these safety precautions in mind for a happy and healthy pregnancy!
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1-2 World Health Organization. 18 March 2020. Q&A on COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding
3Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention. 4 April 2020. Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation