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Pregnant during COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated: Sep 6, 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic has forced us to change a lot in our lives especially plans and routines. Although a lot of plans can be canceled or rescheduled, you can't cancel or reschedule having a baby!

Unfortnately, there isn't a lot of definitive answers right now regarding pregnancy and COVID-19. At this time what we do know is:

  • There is no evidence showing that being pregnant increases risk for contracting COVID-19, or risk of developing severe symptoms

  • Current reports suggests symptoms are likely to be mild to moderate, similar to women in this age range who are not pregnant

To best protect yourself from catching the virus please:

  • Practice excellent hand hygiene by frequently washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds

  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, mouth, and nose

  • Stay home as much as possible

  • Hydration, movement of the body, and adequate rest to maintain a healthy immune system

Tips for taking care of your mental health during the COVID-19 crisis:

  • Limit the news to a few times of the day

  • Attend Live Virtual Prenatal classes that are intimate and interactive to where you can connect with other pregnant women, learn deep breathing techniques, and gentle movement to relieve pregnancy aches

  • Connect to friends and family on a daily basis via video calls or phone calls

  • Maintain healthy diet and regular exercise

  • Use this time to create, rediscover a hobby, or find a new hobby

  • Join Yoga Phamily's Facebook Group to connect with other families

  • Consider online counseling. Therapy can be helpful for anyone experiencing anxiety, depression, or stress

  • Ask for extra help — this may mean that a partner takes a greater share of caring for the children or that a neighbor does the grocery shopping and leaves bags outside the door.

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