Expecting a child is one of the most important milestones in a woman’s life. Planning out the nursery, coming up with baby names, and even buying that onesie that you couldn’t get off your mind are all wonderful experiences.
However, with the spread rate of COVID-19 still raging, taking care of yourself is of the utmost importance. In fact, being pregnant makes you and the baby high-risk individuals in the eyes of the CDC.
Here’s how you can protect yourself and your baby from COVID-19 while pregnant.
Stay Away From People
Although COVID-19 has been around for about a year now and a vaccine has been developed, you still need to social distance. Only mingle with people who are confirmed to be negative. It’s important to remember that just because someone is asymptomatic doesn’t mean they don’t have COVID. They can still pass the virus to you and others, even if they don’t appear unwell.
If you have to go out for something important, like groceries or a doctor’s visit, please follow the guidelines set by the CDC. Stay at least six feet apart, wear a mask, preferably double since you’re pregnant, wash your hands, and do not touch your face.
Clean Your Home
Unfortunately, COVID-19 can linger on surfaces, and the time can vary depending on the material. According to the NIH, COVID can last on steel and plastic for as long as 72 hours and up to a day on cardboard. Be sure to disinfect every surface with Clorox or Lysol. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it, don’t hesitate to ask another family member. What matters is that you and your baby remain safe and healthy.
What To Do If Your Newborn Has COVID-19
Even after your baby is born, you will still need to take precautions. Obviously, one of the main concerns is your newborn baby contracting the virus. There have been cases where babies have gotten it, but the symptoms were either very mild or non-existent. You also have to make the decision of isolating with the baby. Use hand sanitizer, wear a mask before holding your baby close and wash your hands frequently.
Bringing new life into this world and adding a new member to your family is a joyous occasion. But COVID-19 has made things a lot more difficult than before. The information here is to help keep you and your unborn child safe. Again, if you develop any symptoms during your pregnancy, seek medical attention immediately.