Pregnant Birth Moms During COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to spread around the globe, and as second spikes begin in places like Florida, it’s important that we continue to stay vigilant and informed about our health – especially if you are pregnant.
While there is currently no data showing that COVID-19 affects pregnant women any differently than others, it is understood that pregnant women are more at a higher risk of developing respiratory viruses – like COVID-19 – than the general population. Therefore we encourage all pregnant women to take several precautions.
Practice Social Distancing and Wear Face Mask
- Avoid anyone who is sick or who has been exposed to COVID-19
- Maintain a distance of six feet from anyone who does not currently live with you.
- Don’t take unnecessary risks, and stay-at-home as much as possible.
- When in public, wear a face mask.
Wash Your Hands, Clean and Disinfect Objects
- Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds after touching other people, surfaces outside the home, after using the restroom, before preparing or eating food.
- If you’re not able to wash your hands, then an alcohol-based hand sanitizer will suffice.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces around your home – including your cellphone and computer.
While it’s advised that you not take any unnecessary risks by going out in public during this pandemic, it’s very important that you continue to attend your prenatal care appointments. doctors’ offices and health care providers are trained in how to best serve their patients during these times, and they are taking all the necessary precautions to keep you safe. You should also not avoid going to the hospital in the case of an emergency health situation or for the delivery of the baby.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a stressful time for everyone but it is especially stressful for pregnant women.
Signs of high stress during pregnancy may include:
- Frequent feelings of worry or fear
- Trouble concentrating
- Changes in appetite
- Poor sleep
If you’re experiencing any of these signs, you should consider talking to your doctor, midwife, or counselor about the added stress, and what it means for your pregnancy. We also recommend taking action yourself and try using several of these stress-relieving strategies.
- Meditation, deep breathing, yoga or basic stretching
- Connect with family and friends via voice, text, or video chat
- Maintain a good sleep schedule, a healthy diet and engage in regular exercise
- Connect with other pregnant women on forums or social media groups
- Consider tele-counseling to talk through some of your stress.
- Refrain from watching the news or checking social media around the clock.
Heart of Adoptions, Inc has helped hundreds of women navigate their unplanned pregnancy in Florida. If you’re currently experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you’re not alone. We’re available 24 hours a day 365 days a year, even during this trying time. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us here. You can also call us at 1-800-GO-ADOPT or text us at 877-202-9624