Pregnancy is an out-of-the-world and overwhelming experience for every woman. It can’t be defined in mere simple words. Every day in pregnancy comes with new challenges and excitement. Anxiety, fear, happiness, emotional outburst, etcetera are all the mood swings experienced by every woman.
A woman’s state-of-mind and body, both are extremely vulnerable when she is pregnant. Going under a lot of changes, your body needs rest and extra care, with lots of pampering and love. You shouldn’t stress out or cause yourself to worry a lot, although, it happens frequently in pregnancy.
Falling pregnant and then getting to know about it is usually the biggest news of a woman’s life. But with the given on-going pandemic, this news has turned out to be more stressful for you.
But is it that bad? Or are we assuming worse ourselves?
Let’s find out in the detail the impact of Covid-19 on pregnancy and how pregnant women can look after themselves in this pandemic?
What is Covid-19? How does it spread?
We all have read and heard about Covid-19 every day these past months. By now, most of it is imbibed in our heads. Given the havoc it has wreaked on the world and human lives, it is extremely important to remain constantly aware of it. We know it’s repetitive but wouldn’t insist unless it wasn’t important.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) is an infectious disease caused by a novel coronavirus. The virus spreads mainly from person-to-person under the following situations:
1. People in close contact with one another (Distance less than 6 feet).
2. Through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks as these droplets can land in the mouth or nose of the people nearby or can be inhaled through lungs.
What are the precautions to be taken to prevent Covid-19?
Precautions to be taken to prevent Covid-19 are:
1. Wash your hands: Keep your hands clean and wash them regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Do not touch your mouth, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands as it can lead to direct inhalation of the virus into the body.
2. Use Mask: Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when stepping out of your home as it prevents the direct spread of the virus from one to another.
3. Social Distancing: Keep at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others while you are outside of your home. This is important as it reduces the chances of one catching virus from another.
4. Cover coughs and sneezes: Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue while coughing or sneezing or use the inside of your elbow. Do not spit publicly and throw the used tissue into the trash bin immediately. Afterward, immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer to prevent inhalation of the virus.
5. Clean and disinfect: Regularly touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected regularly to avoid an accumulation of dirt and to reduce the risk of a virus.
6. Monitor your health daily: Take proper precautions, check your temperature daily, and be alert for symptoms.
Now, that we have revised our knowledge about Covid-19, let’s get down to know about its impact on pregnant women.
Pregnant women are not exceptionally sensitive to Covid-19. Only old people and those with underlying medical conditions are at greater risk.
Pregnant women need to follow the same precautions as everyone else. Those precautions are stated above in detail and if you are pregnant then you need to follow these precautions meticulously.
Some of the other key important factors for pregnant women to keep in mind are:
1. Avoid going out unless it’s very important.
2. In case of going out, do remember to carry your water bottle and snacks.
3. If possible, do avoid public transportation and travel in your vehicle.
3. Always stay inside a well-ventilated space and ensure that doors and windows are kept open.
4. Build a strong immune system as it’s very important for you and your baby. You can refer to ‘Boost your immunity against Covid-19’ for more essential information on the immune system and its importance.
5. Do things that make you happy and put your mind at ease.
6. Don’t skip your healthcare appointments during and after pregnancy.
7. Discuss the safe birth plan with your doctor in detail to avoid chaos. Continue medical support, including routine immunizations, before and after birth.
8. In case of leg cramps, take proper care and medications. You can refer to ‘What are muscle cramps? How to prevent and cure them? How Tocotrienol is effective in curing leg cramps?’ for more essential information on leg cramps and how to cure them.
Pregnancy is a beautiful experience and every pregnant woman has the right to this beautiful experience. So, take proper precautions and care and live this once-in-a-lifetime experience without any anxiety and health risks.