Here’s what all you need to know
Pregnant women have to take care of their baby’s health as well. At a time when the problem arising from the corona virus has taken a huge form around the world. As we all know that the virus spreads through respiratory droplets sent into the air when a person who has COVID-19 coughs or sneezes. It may also spread when someone touches a surface infected by a person who has the virus. People need to take special precautions rather than worry about it. Researchers are working quickly to learn more about what the new corona virus as well as its impact on our daily lives and of course on pregnant ladies too. The current, hopeful assessments of the new corona virus are based in large part on a study published online last month in The Lancet of nine pregnant women in their third trimester in Wuhan, China, who had pneumonia caused by COVID-19. None of the women developed severe illness, and all of their babies were born healthy. The risk of passing the infection to the fetus appears to be very low, and there is no evidence of any fetal malformations or effects due to maternal infection with COVID-19.
This is even more important for women who are pregnant because they have full responsibility for the care of their unborn child. A small mistake of pregnant women can have a bad effect on their health as well as their baby’s health. That is why you can protect yourself and your baby in the right way by taking more precautions than normal days at this time.
Often the question arises what extra precautions should I take while pregnant? Let us know about some precautions then:
Avoid visiting crowded places
Very effective steps are being taken by the Government of India to avoid congestion and save everyone. Pregnant women should avoid going to crowded places. They should avoid going to such places where many people gather together because the risk of spreading the infection in such places is very high. If for some reason you have to go to such places, then use a mask that covers your face properly. Also, do not touch the mask other than straps to wear and remove it and also make sure to keep a distance of at least 1 meter from any person.
Awareness is the key
Be very aware of the potential symptoms of Corona Virus and the regular flu symptoms so that the pregnant women can call their health provider if they have any which include fever, respiratory symptoms or possibly even diarrhea. Additionally, if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should monitor your own temperature and be especially aware of any respiratory symptoms. Your doctor can advise best steps for care and testing.
Proper hand cleaning
You all know that it is very important to clean your hands. These days, when the corona virus is very much spread, cleaning of hands has become even more necessary. It is necessary to wash your hands thoroughly with soap several times a day for a few time intervals at least 20 seconds. If you are in a place where water is not available, then keep using the alcohol based sanitizer to clean the hands.
Regular Online checkups
Regular check-ups during pregnancy are very important for the health of you and your baby. To minimize any potential danger, it is necessary that you have your check up periodically. But during this hour of Corona crisis except important pregnancy checkups, try consulting your doctor online. Many offices are already working to consolidate in-person appointments (for example, if someone is coming in for an ultrasound, a routine prenatal check might be added to the same visit). So apart from social distancing try and cut your routine checks ups to online consultations. But at the same time it is much important for to inform your doctor immediately if any health problems arise.
Do not touch the mouth again and again
To avoid any virus, it is necessary that how do we prevent it from entering our body. Some people keep touching their mouth again and again. By doing this you provide a way for the virus to reach your body. It is important for pregnant women as well as everyone to avoid touching their mouth repeatedly. If you have a habit of repeatedly touching your mouth, eyes, nose and ears, change this habit immediately. It is even more important for pregnant women because it can be harmful to their health as well as to their baby.
Get enough sleep
It is important for pregnant women to keep the body and mind fully energetic. To keep the body and mind energetic, you need to get enough sleep. It has been proved in many researches that by getting enough sleep each day, our body’s immunity increases amazingly. If immunity is correct, you can easily avoid many health problems. Along with this, moments of rest are very important for the baby growing in your womb. So do not compromise and make sure you get enough sleep.
The immune system’s efficacy dips during pregnancy, which places pregnant people at a higher risk for contracting many transmissible illnesses whether food borne or respiratory. So it is much necessary for expectant mother to have good and nutritious diet. Your child also gets nutrients from what you eat. A balanced diet should be your first priority to provide proper nutrition to your baby during pregnancy. Considering the risk of corona virus, it has become even more important for you to have a balanced diet. The right diet and all kinds of vitamins increase your body’s ability to fight against diseases. So without delay, get a diet chart from your specialist and eat a balanced diet according to the same chart.
By Dr. Shweta Goswami, Medical Director at Zeeva Fertility Clinic and Sr. Consultant Gynaecologist and IVF from Jaypee Hospital Noida