News about the coronavirus, the respiratory infection also known as COVID-19 is prompting communities across the country to ask citizens to practice social distancing and employees in non-essential businesses to work from home. Here’s how to take control and keep stress and boredom away.
How Does a Pregnant Mother Stay Healthy During COVID-19?
- Keep Your Prenatal Appointments. Your doctor knows your current condition, health risks and can provide the best recommendations for you. They may be able to take care of prescriptions and other needs by phone or video chat.
- Use technology to track your health. The myFetalLife app is recommended by the American Pregnancy Association. This app helps track your vitals including blood pressure, weight changes, gestational diabetes, and your baby’s growth. You can transmit all this important information to your doctor and use it during your remote visit. You can also ask the app questions confident the answers are coming from the American Pregnancy Association.
- You can opt in for myFetalLife premium nurse monitoring. Registered nurses will use doctor-approved care plans, monitor your health indicators and provide guidance as needed. This is ideal for first-time moms and moms who haven’t yet selected a doctor.
- Keep your medical records on hand just in case the outbreak disrupts your normal health care services.
Follow these general tips for staying healthy during this pandemic and to avoid sickness any time:
- Know the symptoms of COVID-19 and the differences between it, flu and a common cold. You want to avoid fever.
- Effective hand washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick and spreading germs.
- Practice the 6-foot social distancing rule. Viruses spread through contact with other people and COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets – think sneezes and coughs.
- Carry gloves and sanitizing wipes. That way if you do have to leave the house, you can clean before/after you touch a surface or come in contact with someone.
- Thorough home cleaning. You’re probably doing a great job cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and objects, but don’t forget the light switches, microwave and refrigerator handles. Even baseboards can harbor germs when you have small children. The Centers for Disease Control has good information if you want to know more about how to clean and disinfect.
Keep you mental and physical health strong
Being cooped up gets old after a while so break things up:
- Enjoy the benefits of exercise. Exercise will help your mood, improve your sleep and help generate more energy for all the cleaning you’re doing. Check our guidelines so you don’t overdo it. Not sure how? Try an online yoga, dance or light weights exercise video.
- Enjoy nature. Fresh air and sunshine actually help your body metabolize key nutrients like Vitamin D.
- Develop your birthing plan. This helps you think through numerous choices and communicates your preferences to your medical team – such as how to manage labor pain and if you want umbilical cord blood collected.
- Cook new nutritious recipes. Safe Catch has delicious recipes featuring salmon and tuna. Check out their ahi tuna nachos and crispy pan-fried salmon tacos.
- Reading engaging stories and watching uplifting movies can brighten your mood. Just avoid being a couch potato. Try Nightfoods’ Nighttime Ice Cream when the CraveMonster hits. Nightfood has eight fabulous flavors and a pregnancy-friendly nutritional profile. You can easily order online and they will ship it to you free. Just use promo code PREGNANT.
- Video chat with friends and family. There’s nothing like smiling face to face with those you love to lift your spirits.
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