As social distancing and staying at home have become the "new normal" in the current scenario, it is important for pregnant women to keep a calm mind, continue their checkups with doctors on online sessions, and be open about their concerns, say experts. "With all the uncertainty around, one of the best things that you can do is be positive and practice ways that will help ensure your and your baby's well-being," said Dr. Prathibha Babshet, Ayurveda Expert, R&D, The Himalaya Drug Company.
"This is possible by taking care of your mental health and keeping a calm mind. Pregnancy during the pandemic is certainly hard but not impossible. It is advisable to stay home as much as possible to avoid crowded spaces and follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines," she said.
While pregnancy care may look a little different now than it used to earlier, here are a few tips to approach these changes:
Try to establish a daily routine of activities in a way that it becomes a new normal in your life. From your diet, meditation, and yoga, to skin care, getting adequate sleep, and regular medical checkups, make a list of all the things you do in a day and prioritise them.
If you need to step out for work or a checkup, remember to maintain social distancing and wear a mask and carry a sanitizer, as this can help reduce the risk of exposure to germs and bacteria.
Frequent checkups during pregnancy is vital for the mother and baby. So, check with your gynaecologist on online sessions for these checkups. If you are due to deliver, understand and be open about the delivery options and post-natal care.
As pregnancy skin care is an important aspect of your motherhood phase, include massages and moisturisation in your daily routine to help deal with common pregnancy skin concerns, Babshet said.
Indulge in a soothing massage using a massage oil; this will help promote blood circulation. You can also opt for a body butter that will help with dry skin issues. Whatever routine you follow, do remember to use products containing herbal actives and that are free from chemicals, she added.
Your baby gets nutrients from what you eat. Avoid binge-eating. Make it a priority to stick to a balanced diet including fruits and vegetables, and drink at least 8-10 glasses of water.
If you enjoy cooking, look up simple recipes online for a healthy immune system.
Manage your stress in different ways -- practice breathing exercises to calm yourself and indulge in new hobbies or rediscover old ones. You can also take online courses on playing an instrument, learning a new language, or anything you have always wanted to do. You may also enjoy planning things for your baby's arrival, like decorating a nursery.
Talk to your doctor if you are anxious about your baby being exposed to the virus during breastfeeding. Always clean your nipple area before and after breastfeeding. Sanitise your hands, and the place around your baby, frequently.
In addition to following these tips, read and be aware of the potential symptoms of the virus and take preventive measures.
Avoid reading negative news about the current situation, which might cause anxiety.
Instead, use the screen time to talk to your friends and family, or watch something you enjoy. This will keep you happy and occupied.