The world has drastically slowed down because of the global pandemic that has taken over. While technology has helped us curb the losses of what we would have faced during this time, one sector that cannot function through the digital space is the medical and health sector. In a situation like this, being pregnant has its set of challenges. It is not easy as it requires regular visits to the hospital for scans, ultrasounds, and other routine checkups. While it is quite scary to be pregnant in a time like this, what’s making pregnant women more nervous is giving birth during a global pandemic. But we are here to give you an understanding of why it is not as scary as you think and why there is no reason for panic.
- Can Your Baby Catch The Virus?
One of the most common concerns that parents have is if their baby can catch the virus. Since pregnant women are placed at high risk for catching the virus, it is only natural for parents to wonder if their newborn babies are going to be affected by the deadly virus (1). However, experts say that the transmission of the virus from the mother to the baby is highly unlikely (2). If there is a suspicion that either of the parents has the virus, the baby will be kept away from them until there is proof of recovery.
- What Are The Hospital Policies?
Hospitals have revised their policies on seeing and testing patients due to the situation we are in. They are available for emergencies but if a procedure does not require immediate attention, many hospitals are keeping them at a halt or postponing them. It is important to check with your doctor before visiting a hospital and constantly be in touch with your OB-GYN so you can be prepared for your big day.
- What You Can Do From Home?
Lucky for us, we have technology in our corner. The internet is available to us at the press of a button and it’s best to take complete advantage of it. Learn more, read more, and understand the details of what you need to be prepared for during the last days of your pregnancy. Always be ready with plan B but ensure that it is an informed and detailed plan. If you wanna have a chat with your doctor about certain doubts, you can always do an online consultation instead of visiting the clinic.
- How Can You Be Extra Cautious?
During your pregnancy, certain parts of your immuity is supressed (3). Therefore, it is crucial that you take care of your health more cautiously and keep up your hygiene levels. Ensure that you practice social distancing when you have to go out and avoid consuming food and water from outside.
- Be Prepared
There is no need to tell expectant parents to be prepared for the birth of their child. Most families prepare for the arrival of their newborn from the time they get the news of their pregnancy. But during a time like this, extra care needs to be taken so that you are prepared for any situation that might come your way. Stock up on essentials and ensure you have everything that is needed before and after your baby arrives. Once your baby comes, you will not have the time.
- You Are Not Alone
Pregnancy can be a scary time. What’s scarier is when the time comes for you to have a baby. While it might be nerve-wracking, remember that you are not alone. Many women have been doing this since time immemorial. Sure, your situation is slightly different because you’re giving birth amidst a global pandemic but as long as you have your doctors and loved ones beside you, you are not alone. Besides, worrying and panicking is just going to add to the stress you’re already under. So try to keep calm.
No doubt that pregnancy is a difficult and stressful time for expectant parents, especially the mom-to-be. You might be stressed but imagine this—after nine months of waiting, you will finally have your precious baby in your hands. That is the happy thought that you should hold on to every time you start to feel overwhelmed and it might help you get over all the fear and nervousness.