COVID-19 and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

As if you didn’t have enough to worry about! An unplanned pregnancy is a lot to handle, but navigating COVID-19 while you’re pregnant takes things to a whole new level. Good health is always a major concern when you’re pregnant, but the added stress and anxiety of the spread of the coronavirus combined with social isolation can make you feel even crazier than those pregnancy hormones!

Right now, we’re all scared and anxious. We’re isolated and worried about the financial situation. There are so many unknowns. Add to that all the normal fears and concerns that go with pregnancy and delivery-related anxiety and it’s no wonder you feel stressed!

There are two things you need to know: First, talk with your doctor or healthcare provider or check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the latest updates. Second: Special Delivery is here for you!

Whether you want to discuss the pros and cons of the available options or you need emotional support, you can connect with us online, or through Instagram, and Facebook. You can also call us at (214)-210-1060 to talk or even set up a Zoom meeting. You do not have to take that journey alone.

Are pregnant women at higher risk for COVID-19?

The short answer is no. Based on the limited data available, it doesn’t appear that pregnancy increases your risk of acquiring COVID-19. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take extra precautions. In general, pregnancy can make women more susceptible to viral respiratory illness and you should be careful to keep yourself safe and healthy. Now that that’s out of the way, there are some things you can do to stay safe.

Take care of yourself

Remember to take care of your body by sticking to healthy habits that are good for you and your baby, including:

  • We know, we know...the temptation to eat constantly and feed those cravings while you’re stuck in the house is hard to resist but, you really need to try to eat healthy, nutritious meals and snacks. And just because you have a glass of milk with your Oreos doesn’t make it a healthy snack!

  • Exercise is more challenging when you can’t do it with other people, but it’s still important, especially because we’re all chowing down way more than we should. Take a walk or check out a Youtube video for exercises for pregnant women.

  • Get plenty of sleep. It may be easier to sleep when you’re bored out of your mind. Or you may find it hard to sleep with all the craziness. If that’s the case, try some relaxation apps.

  • This is not the time to limit screen time! Call and text your family and friends, work that Facebook instant messaging and talk to your heart’s content.

  • The news is a bummer right now. We’re already stressed to the max, so you might want to avoid over-consuming news reports and social media regarding COVID-19. We don’t need the added pressure (it will just make us want to eat more junk food anyway)!

Take precautions

The CDC recommends that pregnant women take the same preventive measures as the general public to avoid infection, including:

  • Even if you think you don’t have to, wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. At some point early on health officials said you could time it easily by singing two verses of the happy birthday song, but you can probably come up with better tunes!

  • Since you can’t go anywhere, you don’t need to get all dolled up! It’s the perfect time to do what the celebs are doing and go make-up free so you don’t touch your face.

  • Avoid close contact with other people. Unless you’re going to your doctor’s office, you shouldn’t have a chance to be in close contact with other people.

  • In between overeating and sleeping, try to clean and disinfect all the places that are frequently touched everyday by anyone in your home, including door knobs, light switches, handles, toilets, faucets, etc.

Stay safe and healthy and know that we are with you whenever you need us!

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