Tips to Stay Safe If You’re Having a Pandemic Pregnancy
The pandemic has caused many unpredictable changes in our day-to-day life, and if you’re pregnant, you might feel anxious and stressed about how to stay healthy during this challenging time. Of course, following social distancing and mask guidelines go a long way in preventing illness. Here are three other ways to stay safe during a pandemic pregnancy:
- Shop Smart
Most grocery stores offer special blocks of time for at-risk populations, usually early in the morning. Stores tend to be less crowded at this time, which makes it easier to social distance. Snopes has a great list of stores with special hours. If you can’t make the at-risk store hours, try to shop at less crowded times of the day, like later at night or in the middle of the day.
- Go Virtual
Most OBs and midwives are offering virtual appointments for prenatal visits to minimize exposure. Although some visits require in-person contact – for example, ultrasound visits or blood draws – many can be done virtually if you have some basic equipment at home, such as a blood pressure monitor or fetal Doppler heart monitor. Big bonus? You can stay in your pjs!
- Practice Self Care
It may be awhile before there is a widely available vaccine for COVID-19. In the meantime, focus on the simple things you can do to minimize your risk of sickness:
- Hydrate: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends drinking 8 to 12 cups of water each day.
- Rest: If you struggle to get a long stretch of sleep at night, take naps or rest in bed during the day.
- Nourish: Avoid processed foods and opt for fresh, nutrient-dense foods. At the same time, try not to stress about food. Giving in to an occasional donut craving won’t hurt!
There is so much we still don’t know about COVID-19. Focus on what is in your control, and take time each day to remind yourself of the positive things in your life. Of course, consult your care provider if you have concerns about COVID-19 exposure or experience symptoms.