Pregnancy can be a challenging time for women, but being pregnant and staying healthy during a pandemic has made for a new set of challenges for expecting mothers. While there is no vaccine or cure for this virus, there are several steps you can take to help protect you and your developing baby as we weather this COVID-19 storm together.
Frequent hand washing with soap and water is one of the most important steps you can take. Hand sanitizer is great, and works well in the absence of a sink, but it will never be as effective as hand washing.
Avoiding social gatherings, especially with people you are unfamiliar with or who you know have not followed social distancing standards, will also protect you from this virus. When you do need to go to such events, or even out in public, wear a mask at all times that properly covers your nose AND mouth. Avoiding touching your face is difficult, especially with the mask, but the less contact that dirty hands make with your nose, mouth, and eyes, the more likely you’ll avoid COVID-19.
Exercise has always been important, and pregnancy during a pandemic is no exception. Something as simple as a 30 minute walk outside (while social distancing of course!) will help your immune system stay strong, and will also make sure your body stays in adequate shape to promote a better labor and delivery.
As always, make sure you come to all of your scheduled appointments so we can make sure you are staying healthy and so we can answer any questions you might have!
We are looking forward to joining you on your pregnancy journey, in good health!
Dr. David Doyle, OB/GYN
Community First Health Centers
New Haven: 586-749-5197
Port Huron: 810-488-8000