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Things to Know Before You Get Pregnant During the Pandemic

Planning to conceive but scared of the growing risk of the coronavirus pandemic? Here's what you need to know before getting pregnant during the coronavirus pandemic.

The year 2020 has dramatically changed the world and the way we perceive life. With the growing risk of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, it is quite obvious to wonder your chances and safety of conceiving during this period. Well, here are some things to know before you get pregnant during the pandemic. While you may have a hundred questions on whether you should try to get pregnant at all, it can be pretty unsettling to not have all the facts you need, given the novel nature of the virus. The following article should put your mind to ease with everything there is to know to make an informed decision. 

 

Does coronavirus affect my chances of being pregnant?

Having a baby is a personal choice between you and your partner and coronavirus does not change that. Yes, you read it right. Although the virus is quite new, there is no evidence yet to suggest that it should have any dire consequence on your shot at motherhood. However, there are some things to know before you get pregnant during the pandemic as with the evolving nature of the virus, much more is yet to be known. Studies suggest that there are neither any chances of miscarriage at any stage due to the virus nor any effect on the baby’s development. If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, you can go ahead and try to conceive. In case you are opting for Assisted Reproductive Technology or ART, you can very well continue with your plans, provided that you choose a clinic in a region with less number of COVID-19 cases or a hospital which is particular about the rules and regulations. In case you do have the virus yourself, it is recommended that you wait for the symptoms to subside before you take any step to welcome your little one into the world. Pregnancy alters the hormones and the functioning of the immune system in your body resulting in a difference of response to viral infections such as COVID-19. While many opt for the procedure of ‘egg freezing’ as a preventive measure, there is no medical indication to prove that such a procedure is indeed helpful. 

 

Does my being pregnant affect my risk of being infected?

Well, this is where it gets tricky as yes, being pregnant does increase your chances to be infected with the virus. This can be traced to the effects of progesterone and relaxants in the first trimester which makes the maternal respiratory system vulnerable. Moreover, women are more susceptible to hyperventilation and anxiety during this period which causes them to inhale more air and thus, increase the risk of the virus. History highlights the fact that the risk of morbidity through a viral infection for a pregnant woman is significantly higher than to a non-pregnant woman. (Zhao et al., 2020)

In such a case, it is vital that you follow strict social distancing norms and limit your interactions outside. Be sure to have your medical supplies at all times. It is quite possible to be stressed and anxious but don’t worry, keep your partner and family close. Consult with your doctor on how you can cope up in such a situation.

 

How safe would the prenatal visits be?

One of the things to know before you get pregnant during the pandemic is that you are going to need constant medical support and one can never say how safe these visits will be. As a parent, balancing the risk of the virus and getting a routine check-up done can be no cakewalk. However, it is important to let your obstetrician and midwife let in on the decision and seek guidance. If you are unsure of the situation in your region, it is preferred to go for live sessions and schedule an appointment in a hospital subject to your environment and your doctor’s advice. The Indian Council of Medical Research suggests that routine antenatal care should be tailored to a minimum at 12th, 20th, 28th and 36th week of pregnancy. In case of any symptoms, you ought to defer your appointment by either 7 or 14 days.

You may consult with your doctor on your decision to buy a blood pressure cuff to monitor your baby’s movement at home.

 

Availability of medical facilities during COVID-19

It is not unknown that the public health facilities in the country are overburdened with patients. Although the birth of a child is considered an essential service as per the government regulations, the latest situation of complete lockdown in most places across the country combined with over-crowded hospitals has made it quite impossible to get a last-minute reservation. About 25% of deliveries take place in private health facilities which are shut down, resulting in further deterioration of the availability of such facilities. It is important to understand this is quite an unusual situation borne out of a pandemic that makes no promises to end but there should be no reason to lose any hope. It’s just one of the things to know before you get pregnant during the pandemic and no reason why you should panic. You can always make lemonade out of the lemon. Make sure that you have a trusted obstetrician who is familiar with your needs to be able to guide you while maintaining social distancing norms and have access to a few online maternal health care facilities in case of imposition of a lockdown. It is always helpful to be near your family, or people you trust to avoid the absence of any face-to-face interaction. This helps you to be happy and healthy while receiving guidance during those months.

 

January 21, 2021 |  read

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Pregnancy During COVID-19 - Having a Baby in the Time of Corona

Being pregnant during the coronavirus pandemic can seem intimidating. This article will tell you what you need to know while being pregnant during this pandemic.

Due to the spread of Covid-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, the period of pregnancy can be very overwhelming. Since pregnant women are excluded from research experiences, we have very few reliable sources that would state a proven fact. Rest assured; we have got you covered about everything you need to know about pregnancy during COVID-19. 

 

The story of Covid-19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This virus began in Wuhan, China and spread across the globe faster than anyone can imagine. In less than six months, the World Health Organization was struck with a challenge beyond their control. What started as an ‘outbreak’ in China is now a ‘pandemic’ that has forced the world population to stay indoors.

 

There are seven different strains of coronavirus known to infect human beings. Most of them are mild but others can cause serious illness. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the symptoms for this virus includes-fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. 

 

These occur between a time span of 2-14 days after a person is exposed to an infected person. The disease can transfer from person to person through respiratory drops in the air by coughing or sneezing or through contaminated surfaces. In simple terms, it’s like catching the common flu, but this will result in dangerous health conditions.

 

It sounds like an apocalyptic movie and we are sure you might have already watched the movie ‘Contagion’ more than once during this lockdown. Set aside these movie theories and other spin-offs. They are bound to make you nervous and scared. As a soon-to-be mom, this isn’t an excellent emotional balance you want to have right now.

 

Virus vs Pregnancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The aged, new-borns, children under the age of 12 and pregnant women are asked to take the highest precaution during this time. Coronavirus affects those with less immunity in their system. Pregnant mothers are immunocompromised because their bodies are supporting another beating heart within them. 

 

While the world’s renowned scientists are cracking their heads around this ingenious virus, only a handful of cases allow us to study pregnancy during COVID-19. Studies show that mothers with Covid-19 undergo intensive care and hospitalisation. Do not worry yet; this case study does not account for labour and delivery hospitalisation. There are also studies from China that show the absence of the virus in breast milk, cord blood and amniotic fluid. If you do have concerns regarding the exposure to Covid-19, we recommend you talk to your doctors.

 

Most pregnant women have shown mild to moderate symptoms of the virus. COVID positive pregnant women should also go into isolation or quarantine in an almost similar manner to others. They should have access to their caregivers, medication and even mental health care according to quarantine standards. Asymptomatic transmission is also possible in pregnant women, and this has to be monitored with equal priority. Even in quarantine, you should monitor your oxygen saturation, have plenty of fluids, food and medication after a thorough consultation with your doctor. 

 

Stay safe, stay home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proven by millions across the globe, this rule has helped resist the chances of getting the virus into your system and your family. No matter which stage you find yourself in terms of pregnancy during COVID-19, stay at home as much as possible. Stick to proper hygiene for everybody in the family, including yourself. Wash your hands, feet and face as you come back from outdoors. Change your clothes regularly. To be safe, take a shower after returning home from a doctor’s clinic or hospital. 

 

To reduce the number of times, you go out of your homes to buy essentials, stock up every week. Plan; get your medications stocked up. Follow a routine to wash and clean each item that you have purchased before you use.  

 

Visiting your doctor during this time can be a little challenging. But do not skip your prenatal appointments as much as possible. Everybody has gone digital in the last few months; we suggest you do the same too. Try to get comfortable with this new system. There are many apps on your smartphones and laptops that can help you connect with your doctor through video calls. Keep your doctor’s number on speed dial and have an open, free conversation with them to help you through your difficulties. 

 

There can be emergency cases that require you to get to the hospital. In such situations, do not forget to wear your masks and carry your hand sanitizer. Strictly follow the rule of social distancing with others. Hospitals can be a host to the virus. But you should also remember that at a time like this, the medical staff and authorities do follow strict hygiene regulations. Take an appointment ahead, make sure your doctor is in on the day of your visit to the hospital. This way you can avoid the long hours in the waiting room and reduce your exposure to other possible positive patients. 

 

Both, the pandemic and pregnancy, cause an emotional roller-coaster for families. Sadly, Covid-19 has called off a lot of things like job security, family members and many other plans. Therefore, couples have been forced to table their pregnancy plans due to Covid-19. It is best to take into account challenging factors like jobs losses, insurance charges and take necessary financial precautions.  

 

 

A secret to fighting this virus- stay home, stay healthy and stay strong. The narrative of this virus is changing daily. Keep yourself updated with the world and with your doctor. Maybe plan a virtual baby shower. Avoid crowded areas as much as possible for the safety of yourself and your baby. Pregnancy during COVID-19 may not have been your best choice but remember - there’s a brand new baby coming home!

 

December 24, 2020 |  read

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Everything You Need To Know About C section Delivery

Want to know more about Caesarean or C- section Delivery? We've got you covered on everything you need to know about Caesarean delivery of your baby.

As you approach the end of your third trimester, you would already have a birthing plan ready. Whether it is a normal birth or a C – section, you may have questions, doubts and apprehensions. Worry not; we have compiled some fundamental information about the Caesarean delivery method for you.

 

What is a Caesarean or C-section Delivery?

To put it very simply, during this procedure, your board-certified obstetrician will make an incision on your stomach and uterus to bring your newborn into this world. You will be administered an anaesthetic and you would not feel any pain. Your doctor will advise you to undergo this procedure if complications arise in your pregnancy and it is not safe to undergo a natural birth process.

 

When Should You Undergo a C-section?

A C-Section can be pre-planned depending on your existing conditions or it can be initiated under emergency conditions if vaginal delivery poses a risk to you or the baby. 

 

Planned C-Sections are usually performed between 37-40 weeks if you have one or more of these conditions.

 

  • A history of Caesarean delivery.
  • If previously undergone highly invasive uterine surgery.
  • Carrying multiple foetuses.
  • If you are HIV positive.
  • An outbreak of genital herpes.
  • Your baby is in breech (bottom first) position.
  • Your baby is larger than usual (macrosomia).
  • A case of placenta Previa.
  • Fibroids which might act as hindrances to deliver vaginally.
  • A serious condition of preeclampsia.
  • Your baby has an abnormality or malformation.

 

Although you have a vaginal delivery plan ready, sudden complications might lead your doctor to perform an emergency C-Section under these circumstances.

 

  • Your labour is stalled or prolonged more than usual.
  • Your baby has an irregular heartbeat and cannot withstand a vaginal delivery.
  • Your baby’s oxygen supply is cut off due to your placenta getting separated from your uterine wall or due to the umbilical cord slipping out of your cervix.
  • If there is a chance of uterine rupture.
  • If you or the baby develop a life-threatening condition during labour.
  • If your contractions aren’t strong enough to dilate your cervix.
  • If other methods like forceps or ventouse assisted labour fail.

 

Fear not mommy, under any of these circumstances the safety of you and your baby will be your doctor’s utmost priority.

 

Preparation

If you are undergoing an elective caesarean procedure, then you can pack your bag accordingly. Some people say that cranberry juice helps them keep away urinary infections that arise due to the insertion of catheter. They also advise carrying chewing gum or other molasses to ensure proper bowel movement after surgery. It is best to leave your jewellery, contact lens, braces and false tooth (if you have any) back home before heading to the hospital. Remove your nail polish and your make up before your procedure as it is necessary to monitor your skin tone throughout and after the surgery. Once at the hospital, a nurse might shave some of your pubic hair to prep you for surgery. You will sign a consent form and after a few diagnostic tests, your will be administered the anaesthesia and soon, you would be heading to the operating room to bring out your baby.

In case of emergency C-Section, you or an immediate kin should sign the consent form and the rest would be taken care of by your doctor and nurses.

 

Complications

Unlike vaginal delivery, C-Section is major surgery. With any surgery, comes a set of complications. Some of which could be easily resolved, and some might require a proper treatment plan. After a C-Section, you would feel sore or experience some pain in the area surrounding the incision. You might develop wounds in the incision site if there is no proper maintenance of hygiene. You might sustain surgical injuries to the bladder and uterus. You might develop some blood clots in your legs or pelvic areas. Some mothers might experience severe headaches as an allergic reaction to anaesthesia. You might experience a foul-smelling vaginal discharge (endometritis) if there is an infection or inflammation in your uterine wall.  Do not be scared as your healthcare providers would be well equipped to free you of these complications if they arise.

 

Recovery Period

Within 24 hours of your procedure, the nurse might ask you to start gentle, slow movements like walking to the bathroom. You would be advised to drink a lot of fluids and practice a healthy diet to ensure easy digestion and avoid constipation. Your incision site would be cleaned regularly. Once you go home, you should maintain utmost hygiene. You should avoid lifting heavy weights or any strenuous activities until your wounds heal thoroughly. Avoid sexual intercourse until your doctor gives you the green signal. Rest well throughout the recovery period and keep up with your doctor appointments.

 

Differences Between Natural Birthing and C-section

  • A normal birthing process might last for 12-14 hours, especially if it is your first time. But a C-Section will only take 15-45 minutes (75 maximum) from start to finish.
  • Complications during a vaginal delivery might be perineal tears or episiotomy whereas during a C-Section you might experience any of the complications mentioned above.
  • The recovery and healing process for vaginal deliveries are relatively lesser when compared to C-Section as the latter is a surgical procedure.
  • The risks to a baby delivered through C-Section are very minimal but sometimes there are chances of developing respiratory problems as the fluid from its lungs aren’t released during the process unlike the labour process (vaginal delivery).

 

No matter which delivery method you go through, at the end of it, you and your partner would be feeling immensely happy to greet your little one. Choose a good hospital and a trusted doctor to ensure that the whole process goes as smoothly as possible. We wish you the best of luck and congratulate you on the start of this incredible journey of parenthood.

 

December 21, 2020 |  read

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Pregnancy and Dreams

Are you having strange dreams during pregnancy? Let us tell you what they mean and why.

A few weeks into your pregnancy, and you are starting to have bizarre dreams, have you ever wondered why? You might even experience a change in your dream patterns as well. This is just the hormones (such as cortisol) making you feel that way. Although you might find your dreams odd or slightly scary, do not worry – here are some explanations for you.

 

It is natural for a pregnant woman to experience dreams that are extremely baffling and feel crazy. It is just a result of all the changes that a mommy-to-be is going through. When a woman is pregnant, she undergoes various physical changes as well as psychological changes. The hormonal change might make you more sensitive to things that you were not even aware of in the past. These are a few very useful quirks that evolution has left us with. 

 

Dreams of an expecting mother can go beyond imagination. From aliens to being in the middle of an ocean, a pregnant woman can dream about things that go beyond the horizon. Research shows that emotional states like mood of the pregnant woman influence the content and frequency of dreams. If you are an expecting mother worried about bizarre dreams you dream every night, this is for you! 

 

 

Dreams about giving birth

  • Giving birth to animals or objects

Pregnant women dream about giving birth to a litter of puppies, cats, or even objects like a doll. Clinical psychologists who routinely work with pregnant women having bizarre dreams, say that pregnant women experience these dreams because they are internally preparing to nurture and care for the baby. People often mistake this to depict some sort of deformity in a baby, it is just a mommy-to-be prepping up for what awaits next. 

 

  • Giving birth 

A pregnant woman well into her third trimester might experience dreams about actually giving birth to her child. It can be as normal as going to labor in a simple way or water breaking at unusual places like a mall or a park. Women experiencing these dreams show their concern or fear of losing control. On the contrary, these dreams might also depict that the mommy-to-be is excited to meet the little one.

 

 

Dreams where the mommy-to-be is trapped!

Women might dream about being trapped in a faulty elevator, a locked car, or sometimes in a swimming pool. These dreams could mean that the mommy-to-be is trying to identify with her baby who is in an enclosed space inside her. They could also indicate that with pregnancy and childbirth, comes a huge responsibility which might result in you losing your freedom. 

 

 

Shoot! I forgot the baby!” Dreams

Being a mother is both exciting and a little scary at the same time. And this fear might lead to the mother subconsciously imagining the worst-case scenarios that could happen with her and the baby. Dreams where the mommy accidentally forgets her baby or leaves the baby unattended are common dreams out of fear. These dreams might also mean that you feel that you are not entirely psychologically prepared to have a baby. These are just common fears of all mothers, and will fade over time. 

 

 

Nightmares - physical harm to you or your baby!

Whenever a person goes through a lot of changes, the fear or the unexpected changes might result in nightmares. But they might take a huge turn in pregnant women. They might have dreams where either the mother or the baby is in some sort of an extreme endangered situation. This can be a one-time dream or a recurring one. These dreams could mean that mommy-to-be is worried if she would be a good mom and a caregiver for her baby, would she be able to comfort her baby or tiny fears like what if she accidentally hurts the baby. 

 

The mommy-to-be can overcome these fears or questions by preparing adequately for it. Read parenting books, journals or magazines, talk to your doctors and psychiatrists. Most importantly, do not stress yourself or overthink. You will be fine, and would do great with the baby as well. Quit worrying, it’s time to chill and cherish this moment. 

 

Dreams about the baby’s gender

When a woman is pregnant, it is quite natural to have a preference in terms of gender. Dreaming about the gender of the baby might usually indicate preference without them even realizing it. You might also wonder if these dreams are some kind of gender indicator. A recent poll conducted among pregnant women told that it has a 50/50 chance. These dreams could also indicate you internally preparing yourself to take care of a baby.

 

Sex dreams during pregnancy

These dreams could be about your spouse, one of your exes, or even your celebrity crush. Again, the hormones might be making you feel like you are going a bit crazy resulting in sex dreams. Sex dreams are common among expecting mothers. Recurring sex dreams might be an indicator of your thoughts on post pregnancy intimacy. But this is not something you have to lose your sleep over. 

 

These are a few of the most common vivid and bizarre dreams that mommy-to-be could experience. Psychologists say that dreaming about your baby and even having nightmares are a healthy sign of the pregnancy, and there is no need to worry or over analyze the dreams. 

 

 

If the dreams bother you or cause you to lose sleep, you can always reach out to your partner or close ones, or even consult your doctor or psychologist. These dreams are just indicators that you have been preparing yourself to provide a healthy and caring environment for the little one. It is also important to remember that not all dreams have meaning behind them, understand that there is no need to stress out or overthink, just be calm and take this process one step at a time.

 

December 24, 2020 |  read

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Childbirth During Coronavirus - Process, Steps, Hospital, Is It Safe?

Pregnant during the coronavirus pandemic and nervous about giving birth during a pandemic? This article answers all the questions you may have.

Pregnancy is undoubtedly an extraordinary phase, as expectant mothers wait in anticipation. But is the Coronavirus pandemic making you worried and anxious about your expecting delivery? We understand that during such unprecedented times, as an expectant mother, you might worry about the unforeseen circumstances that are unfolding. There might also be several questions on your mind. A number of things that you have to do a little differently because of the pandemic. Even if you are an expectant mother with prior birthing experiences, you might be wondering what the various policies and safety measures are that would ensure safe delivery in such trying times. 

 

To make it easier for you, in this article, we have tried to find the answers to some of your most pressing concerns and worries about childbirth during Coronavirus. 

 

As an expectant mother, how do I keep myself safe from the virus outbreak?

As a pregnant woman, you are not at a higher risk of contracting the virus in comparison to any other groups of people, if you are taking the necessary precautions and maintaining proper hygiene. However, the changes in your immune system and some other bodily changes can heighten your chances of getting affected by respiratory infections, especially if you are in the final stage of your pregnancy without appropriate precautions from the virus. Therefore, to protect yourself and your little one from the deadly virus outbreak, you must strictly avoid contact with anyone who is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and avoid public transport or any other place with mass gatherings as well. Working from home can be a great safe option for you if that is a possibility.

 

Will COVID-19 affect my childbirth choices?

Certainly not! The mode of your childbirth during Coronavirus will still be individualised and based on your preferences in addition to indications from your obstetrician. Even though there are discussions that if you are a suspected or confirmed case you need to give birth by caesarean section only, it is nowhere medically proven. In fact, the World Health Organization's advice is that only in medically justified situations, the caesarean sections should be performed. Moreover, the WHO also encourages normal breastfeeding and intimacy between COVID-19 positive mothers and their newborns. 

 

Is it safe to have check ups or give birth in a hospital amidst a pandemic?

The first and foremost step that you must take is contacting your healthcare provider or midwife to receive better guidance. On an occasion when you think visiting the hospital is necessary, you must maintain social distancing and essentially wear a respirator. However, you can always ask the medical care providers at the hospital about the issues that concern your birth-giving procedure or any other questions that you might have relating to COVID-19.  It is true that policies vary from hospital to hospital, and therefore, you must call up the hospital beforehand to check their visitor policies. To avoid being stuck in the hospital cabin all alone, it is vital to have a clear plan about where you want to give birth.

 

What are the dangers of breastfeeding my newborn during COVID-19?

There have been zero detected cases of active coronavirus transmission through breastmilk; it will instead provide your newborn with antibodies that will give them a healthy boost and ensure protection from infections. Breastfeeding your baby within the first hour after your delivery can reduce neonatal mortality. You are also encouraged to maintain skin-to-skin contact with your little one. In case you suspect you have symptoms of the virus, it is essential to wear a mask and wash your hands properly with soap before touching your baby. Your chest need not be washed before every feeding if you have not coughed or sneezed on it.

 

How do I protect my newborn from the virus after my delivery?

In the current situation, the best you can do is to restrict and limit the number of people visiting you. It is best suited for you to stick to your family and not ask for visitors. You must also make sure that your family maintains the necessary hygiene and takes proper care of themselves to avoid the contraction of the virus and eventual transmission to you or your baby. You must ensure that there is regular disinfection and cleaning at home- especially of the surfaces that are touched frequently. Apart from that, always remember to self-monitor and contact the healthcare provider at the earliest if there are any early signs of coronavirus.

 

 

Final thoughts:

As you embark on this new journey of parenthood amidst such unprecedented times, your mind might be clouded with uncertainties and fears. Childbirth during Coronavirus is new and you may not find a lot of people who can relate to you. However, you must not be troubled by it because maternity services are still working round the clock across the world and governments are ensuring health safety for both the mother and the child with zero compromises. Although there might be certain minor changes in the regulations of the health care providers’ office or the hospital, you can always find out about their policies through prior consultation. Just take all necessary precautions and know that this is just a difficult time, and it will pass. It always does.

 

December 23, 2020 |  read

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How to Protect Myself and My Baby from Coronavirus

Protecting your baby and yourself during the coronavirus pandemic is of utmost importance. Follow these steps to stay safe.

The situation of the pandemic has created a lot of panic amongst the people, especially expecting mothers. Being pregnant during these times creates a concern not just about one’s own safety from the virus but the child’s as well. This said, it is nothing to worry too much about. Let us look at some ways in which you can keep the virus away from you and your baby.

 

Methods of Safety

A lot of content gets circulated through social media about how to keep yourself safe from the virus. It is difficult to discern what is trustworthy advice and what is not. We have put together some measures from experts that we believe will help you navigate through this period in full health.

The first and foremost thing to do is to observe utmost hygiene. Keep yourself indoors and do not step out unless it is absolutely necessary, like a doctor’s appointment maybe. In the case that you do, wear a mask to protect your nose and mouth from exposure. Sanitize your hands regularly and remember not to touch your face, especially eyes, nose and mouth, when you are outside, in public places, maintain the prescribed social distancing of at least six feet from other people. 

Staying indoors calls for safety measures as well. Wash your hands during regularly using a soap and spending at least 20 seconds doing so. Boosting your immunity is also as important as observing strict hygiene to steer clear of the virus. Simple everyday habits like drinking a lot of water and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can help you do so. Adequate amounts of rest should also be given to your body. 

 

How to Quarantine Yourself When You are Pregnant

Preparing for childbirth during a pandemic can be stressful. The most important thing to do in case you notice someone with symptoms of COVID-19 near you or when someone close to you gets tested COVID-19 positive, is to quarantine yourself immediately. 

Having proper medical guidance is necessary in the unfortunate instance that you realise someone you had come in contact with has been confirmed to have the coronavirus. However, it is extremely unadvisable to visit a doctor’s clinic. Quarantine yourself and consult with your doctor online to reduce the spread of the virus. In case you find yourself having symptoms, ask your doctor for further guidance on whether or not to take a COVID-19 test and how to go about it. 

Further, it is absolutely important that you keep yourself and your loved ones well-informed in addition to the other quarantine rules that you would be observing. Do your own research about the virus on relevant and authentic sources like WHO and UNICEF to know what is happening around you and how to take care of yourself. If you go under quarantine, it is important that your loved ones have all the details they need. This includes information about the medicines you take and other duties that you may have been performing until then like taking care of other children, if you have any. 

Remember to continue taking your nutritional supplements and doing light exercises to keep your body active and healthy, fully prepared for the delivery. 

 

How to Protect My Unborn Child from COVID-19

The first step towards protecting your unborn child, is to protect yourself. Follow all the safety measures mentioned above to make the chances of contracting the disease as low as possible. However, given the unfortunate event that you have tested positive for the virus, it can cause some confusion as to what steps to take next.

While the number of cases reported and studied of pregnant women with COVID-19 cases is low, the available data shows that the chances of the child contracting the disease, in spite of the mother being tested positive, are very less (Farid and Memon, 2020). The virus has not been found in the amniotic fluid, vaginal fluid, cord blood, placenta or the breast milk (Navigating Pregnancy during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19),2020). No child has been shown to have any fetal malformations or any other physical problems due to the mother’s infection (Farid and Memon, 2020). It is important that you continue to receive prenatal medical support; contact your doctor regarding how to go about this. 

 

Being pregnant during these times can be testing but it is not without hope. By taking a few safety measures and staying indoors as much as possible can reduce the risks of contracting the disease. It is also important to keep yourself quarantined in case of a chance exposure to a COVID-19 positive case. If you have tested positive for the disease, do not panic about your child being affected by it as the number of such instances reported are very low. It is important that you continue to take prenatal support from your doctor and take care of yourself by doing light exercises, building your immunity and nourishing your body generously.

January 21, 2021 |  read

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How to Protect My Baby from Coronavirus?

Protecting your baby and yourself during the coronavirus pandemic is of utmost importance. Follow these steps to stay safe.

The widespread coronavirus globally has shook the world. A pandemic this severe was not anticipated and hit all of us with a shock. The outbreak and rate of spread has been the number one concern for the parents. Parents and parents-to-be have been researching and taking measures to ensure that their little ones are not affected by this pandemic.

From sanitation to food, you and in fact all parents have been doing their best to protect their children from the virus and increase their immunity. We have a list of a few necessary measures to ensure the prevention of the coronavirus. By following these simple measures, you would be taking the right precautions and  saving your kids and entire family from the coronavirus.

 

Stay indoors!

Babies are cute and energetic; you might find it hard to keep them indoors all the time. Come up with special routines and practices where the baby can spend time and have fun. You could always read to and with your baby. Use this time indoors to improve their cognitive abilities. Consider this a great opportunity to spend time with them before they start growing up.

 

Staying home has been the most effective measure to prevent the coronavirus. This is the foremost guideline that has been stressed upon by the country’s government and international bodies like WHO. Staying indoors limits your physical contact with people. If you stay indoors, you reduce the possibility of contracting the virus and transmitting it to your baby or family members. 

 

It is important for you to be completely aware and limit going outdoors. Consider this a way of protecting your munchkin. 

 

Wash Hands!

If you happen to go out, make sure to wash your hands the first thing after you get home. This particular virus is spread through human contact, and by just washing your hands every few hours, saves you from the COVID. Make it a point to wash your hands before you come in contact with the baby and advise everyone at your house to follow the same. If you have a toddler, make it a habit to playfully wash their hands from time to time. They would enjoy this routine and would probably look out for opportunities to wash hands. 

 

Wash hands with soap and water to kill all the germs and prevent the infection. So, make it mandatory to wash your s and baby’s hands pre and post meal times and playtimes. 

 

Avoid touching your face

We often tend to touch different surfaces throughout the day. We end up touching faces and babies in the same hand, who in turn, touch their faces numerous times. So, for anyone who handles your little one, make them wash their hand thoroughly as per WHO guidelines, and this includes you as well. 

 

The surfaces we come in contact with could be contaminated and previously touched by several other people. An easy way for the virus to enter a person's body would be through the respiratory tract. So, by washing out hands thoroughly and avoiding touching our face, we could prevent the spread of the virus. 

 

Practice and improve your respiratory hygiene 

Ensure that you and everyone around the baby follow good respiratory hygiene. Make sure to use tissues or cloth towels to blow your nose or sneeze into. Make sure to dispose of the tissue-paper immediately. Practice the same with your little as well. Avoid any kind of close contact with anyone who is persistently sick with flu or cold. Remember - your safety becomes the baby`s safety

 

Boost the immunity

Immunity cannot be built overnight. To strengthen your little one's ability to resist and fight the virus, it is necessary to eat right with all nutrition. Make sure to wash all the vegetables, leaves, and fruits before consuming them. Prefer cooked over raw ones, especially in times like this. If you have a toddler, you can cook them, make purees, and feed it. If your baby is 3-6 months old, you can strain the puree and feed it in the form of a liquid. You could add a pinch of salt and pepper for mild seasoning.

Include immunity boosters like turmeric, ginger, and black pepper in your daily diet. Make sure to feed your baby as healthy as possible. Give them foods that are rich in vitamin C like citrus fruits, pineapple carrot, and tomatoes. You can make smoothies and juices of these fruits and feed them your munchkin. If the little one is very young and still being breastfed, do make it a point to to speak to your doctor about the food they can consume. 

 

Seek Medical Care when necessary

If you feel like you are feeling under the weather or coming down with something, seek medical care immediately and avoid self-medication. Do not come in contact with your little one until you have taken medical help. Getting help early would ensure your faster recovery and reduce the risk of transmission to your baby. 

 

Have fun while you cook

Practice a hygienic way of cooking and preparing your food. Involve your toddlers in this as much as possible. This might teach them to recognize different vegetables and identify colors as well. Since it is not safe to take them out for excretion, involving them in activities like this would help them learn, keep them occupied, and protect them from the virus. Make sure to wash and cook everything thoroughly before consuming it. 

 

These are just a few ways in which you could protect your baby from the virus and bond with them. The measures revolve around the guidelines given by WHO and national authorities. It is important to abide by the rules from these authorities to protect ourselves and our little ones from the virus

 

January 21, 2021 |  read

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Common Myths About Giving Birth

It's time you know the truth! Let us debunk a few myths about giving birth for you.

Pregnancy to a large extent makes a tricky topic. As a result, it is nothing but only likely, if you are pregnant, to be greeted with different kinds of advice every now and then from all directions- be it from family, relatives or friends. Although most of these tips brimming in your surroundings are friendly and well-intentioned, yet it becomes a matter of utmost necessity for you to separate fact from fiction. Most of them are overtly absurd and hence should not be misunderstood or worried about because there exists absolutely no truth behind them.

 

Although most of these myths about giving birth are related to the nine months of prepartum developments, some of them are directly concerned with delivery of the baby. Listed below are some of the most commonly misinterpreted myths and the reasons why you should take them with a pinch of salt. So, it’s debunking time. 

 

Myth: Movement of your baby will stop before you go into labour

The truth behind this is that your baby might become less active when you are nearing labour but there is still a certain amount of movement that goes on per hour. If that is not the case, it is advisable that you call your doctor immediately.

 

Myth: Labour can be induced by applying certain tricks

Although there are a number of stories revolving around ways to bring labour naturally, none of these suggestions have been proven to have helped in the process. Following are the most commonly used:

  • Acupuncture or exertion of pressure
  • Eating pineapples
  • Nipple stimulation
  • Intake of castor oil
  • Intake of spicy food
  • Herbal remedies

None of these above mentioned methods have proven to have induced labour and a study of a number of randomized trials have shown that most of these methods either bring in unpleasant results or result in causing harmful side-effects.

 

Myth: A C-section delivery deprives you of a vaginal birth in the future

It is very much possible for you to give birth vaginally after a C-section delivery, and is only one of the myths about giving birth. It is called a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. However, it also depends on certain factors like your health and the incision/cut in your last cesarean delivery. If this cut was of low transverse, VBAC can be a safe option. However, only your health specialist or your gynecologist can inform you about the risks and benefits in your case.

 

Myth: Being on your back while giving birth is ideal

You must choose the most comfortable position for yourself while you give birth. Although being in an upright position is helpful while giving birth, it is not necessary for you to be on your back. It has been proven that although certain positions are extra helpful, there is no position that can be declared the best amongst all of them.

 

Myth: TV representations of childbirth are accurate

It is to be taken into account that childbirth is nothing like the way it is represented on the TV. A number of movies, soaps or commercials portray childbirth as an extraordinarily dramatic and painful process. Therefore, all you need to do is sit back, relax and get in touch with your health specialist to acquire all the necessary information about the delivery process.

 

Myth: A mother can bond instantly with her newborn

Even though in some cases mothers bond immediately with their newborns, it is not true for a large number of women. Owing to the skin to skin contact between the baby and its mother, most infants are instantly drawn towards their birth givers. However, it is necessary to understand that there is nothing wrong if you have mixed feelings about the entire process right after your delivery and that is why there is not a need to rush into the bonding process. It is nothing but only natural for some mothers to take longer than usual.

 

Myth: Going to a hospital labour ward is the best option while giving birth

It is not necessary that in order to give birth, you have to go to a hospital labour ward. Most hospitals also have birth centres attached to them which are well-equipped to avoid risks at birth and they have proven to be an equally safe option. They comprise professionally trained labour care units with registered nurses and health care experts. Another safe and healthy option, apart from hospital labour, can be a planned home birth in the presence of a registered midwife. Since, it might not go as your plan and you cannot always choose the place you want to give birth in, it is essential that you have a care provider whom you can trust.

 

Myth:  The ease of birth is defined by the size of hips and the baby

Another myth is the popular idea of what is known as “childbearing hips”. It has been widely misunderstood that bigger hips or smaller babies make the process of giving birth easier. This notion however, is false because the size of your hips does not tell much about your experience while giving birth. Although the size of your baby is responsible for making the birth process either more or less painful for you, yet it is largely dependent on the birth position you are in rather than the size of the newborn.

 

Now that you know how most of these common myths about giving birth are nothing but cooked up products of wide imagination and conventional wisdom, all you need to do is breathe, calm down and approach your health specialist in case of any pregnancy, childbirth or postpartum health related concerns that you might have. One conversation with them and you will see that you were worried about nothing at all. 


 

March 22, 2021 |  read

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