National Safe Motherhood Day: How To Attain A Safe Motherhood During Lockdown?
Are you mummy-to-be? Worried about what to do? How to be safe at home and stay in top shape during the outbreak of coronavirus? Then, set all your worries free. We brief you about essential tips that pregnant women should adhere to. The entire world is a fighting coronavirus. Earlier this year, a new strain of coronavirus was discovered, which has not been previously identified in human beings, also known as a novel coronavirus (nCov). The listed symptoms of it are fever, cough, shortness of breath.
Coronavirus or COVID-19 is a major public health concern, not only in India but globally as well! Various measures have been taken to tackle it. Likewise, all the non-essential activities will be shut for the entire period and you will also not be able to travel. Since everyone is advised to stay at home, one may find it difficult to stick-by a healthy lifestyle especially a pregnant woman.
So, if you are a would-be-mother then you must follow these vital tips by Dr Surabhi Siddhartha, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Motherhood Hospital, Kharghar, Mumbai. This is how pregnant women must stay fit and fine at home.
Since pregnant women have mostly compromised immunity, therefore they are prone to infections like respiratory infections and flu. In such a scenario, these women should take precautions to keep coronavirus away. They should also wash their hands in regular intervals, avoid close contact, cover her mouth while coughing and sneezing or wear a face mask and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. If you are pregnant and you feel sick then consult your doctor immediately. If you don't have a high-risk pregnancy, then opt for a vaginal birth. The chances of getting the flu/infection are less in such a birthing process. Moreover, the hospital stays in normal deliveries are less, and the risk of contracting the coronavirus also gets less ” says, Dr Sandeep Chaddha, Gynaecologist, Motherhood Hospital, Noida.
Exercise at home
Walk as much as you can at home. You can also opt for yoga or meditation. Also, do some light stretching exercises. Do not go overboard. Speak to your expert regarding the exercises that are good for you and the ones you must avoid. Monitor your fitness, track the activities you do throughout the day. Make yourself move every day.
Incorporate healthy foods
While at home, stick to a well-balanced diet. Eat foods that help boost immunity. Eat colourful foods that can help enhance immunity. Foods such as Kiwi, cabbage, broccoli, carrots, turmeric and ginger can help strengthen the immune system along with your skin and hair. Bid adieu to salty, oil, spicy and junk food. Drink a lot of water by staying hydrated.
Try to do activities which you enjoy like reading, listening to music, painting or gardening. This can help you shift your attention from the distressing news of coronavirus.
“During pregnancy, a woman tends to go through many psychological and immunological changes. And, during this time, when there is an increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases, the stress level of would-be mothers have also gone high thinking about the health of their unborn child" says, Dr Sandeep Chaddha, Gynaecologist, Motherhood Hospital, Noida.
Keep in touch with your family members via phone: Make sure that you spend some quality time with your family members.
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