Healthy Living Blog – Pregnancy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The CDC says that pregnant women might be at a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19. This is based on what scientists currently know about this population. If you’re concerned about you or your baby getting sick, here is what you can do to reduce your risk.
- Avoid crowds and large gatherings. Limit interactions with people in your household.
- Wear face coverings and practice physical distancing when going out to a public setting.
- Avoid other people who are not wearing face coverings. Ask people around you to wear their face coverings.
- Practice healthy hand hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
What you can do to make sure you and your baby are healthy
- Go to your prenatal care appointments. If you do not have a healthcare provider or have not had a prenatal care visit, you can contact AACI to schedule an appointment today!
- Make sure you get a 30-day supply of your medicines and prenatal supplements.
- If you are stressed and anxious, make sure to take care of your body and your mental health by eating well, getting some rest, and moving around. Call your healthcare provider if your stress and anxiety get worse.
- Get medical care right away if you have an emergency.
Get vaccinated during pregnancy
- It’s safe to receive vaccines during pregnancy. The vaccines help protect you and your baby.
- The recommended vaccines to get are the flu and Tdap vaccines. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about vaccines.
Concerns about birth and breastfeeding
- Pregnant women are worried about giving birth in the hospital where they could be exposed to the virus. Hospitals have put in measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus. This includes having fewer visitors allowed in your room.
- For breastfeeding mothers who test positive for COVID-19: there is no evidence that the coronavirus spreads through breast milk. Before breastfeeding your baby, wash your hands well and wear a face covering to limit your baby’s exposure to the virus. Also, you can have someone else feed your baby, if possible.
Have questions or curious to learn more? Please reach out to our Health Center and make an appointment to speak with a doctor. AACI provides services in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and many other languages. Call (408) 975-2763 to schedule your appointment today!