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Pregnancy During a Worldwide Pandemic

Pregnancy is very exciting, but it can also be a journey full of anxiety. You are growing a human being inside of you and each week comes with new surprises and questions; “the baby is kicking, yay! But, is he kicking enough?” or all of a sudden you get bombarded with terms like “gestational diabetes,” “preeclampsia,” “braxton hicks contractions,” “GBS”…things you probably didn’t even know about until you were getting ready to be a mom.

So when you add a pandemic we don’t know much about that is spreading like crazy, pregnancy can all of a sudden be quite stressful. The International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology issued new guidances on March 11, 2020. This is the most recent professional guidance we were able to find, so if you are a mama-to-be, make sure to take note:

Isolate yourself as much as possible. Due to the physiological changes in their immune and cardiopulmonary systems, pregnant women are more likely to develop severe illness after infection with respiratory viruses, so try as much as possible to avoid being among crowds. Instead of going to your prenatal yoga classes at a studio – do some exercises at home via YouTube.

Wear an N95 respirator (this is the only mask that will protect you from external particles) when visiting a hospital and/or other high-risk areas.

Seek medical assistance if/when experiencing symptoms such as high fever and dry cough.

Frequent hand washing for 20 seconds and/or hand sanitizer (with minimum 70% alcohol concentration).

Take your prenatal vitamins everyday – you need vitamin C now more than ever, so make sure you take at least 2,000 mg per day.

And lastly, keep calm. Stress definitely doesn’t help your immune system. Remember that whatever you’re feeling, your baby is feeling it too – so it could be a good idea to isolate yourself not just from people, but from the news media altogether. Take this time for yourself as an introspective nesting period. You won’t have moments like this once the baby is born, so relax, have a hot tea, a hot bath and let’s hope this pandemic ends soon.

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