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Quarantined pregnancy: should I go to the doctor's office or should I avoid it?

By Daniel Carrera | World Pandemic | 21 Mar 2021


Even though the whole world is at a standstill, the good news just keeps coming.

During the months we have been cooped up, I have had the beautiful news of 3 friends who are expecting their baby. Along with the sea of excitement for this new little one, they are also panicking.

While one is suffering because she hasn't been able to do anything she would have liked to do during her pregnancy, like her babymoon (that is, a trip with her partner before the baby is born) or go to her last concerts two years from now, another one is having panic attacks because her husband has her in a bubble and she can't even look out the window.

And I'm sure, like my friends, there are many women going through the same thing during this quarantine. Maybe they are just days away from meeting their babies or they just saw those little stripes painted on the pregnancy test.

All scenarios have one thing in common during this pandemic: the care pregnant women must take to keep themselves and their babies healthy.

While the measures they should follow are the same as the rest of the population, there are actions that could put them at risk, such as appointments with the gynecologist or the tests they should have.

In these cases, it is important to coordinate with your doctor. They can be seen in an outpatient office that is not inside a hospital or reduce visits only for the weeks when it is important to do ultrasounds of the baby.

The rest of the consultations can be done virtually, either to answer any questions or concerns.

Once you are home after delivery, care should be continuous. While your health and the baby's health should be monitored by your doctors, take measures when going out for consultations, and if you can avoid them and do them virtually, all the better.

It is also important to be aware of your emotional health, since these are times of great stress and you may be more anxious about it. Try to communicate with family and friends, while taking precautions to reduce the risk of contagion.

If you have major mood swings, lack of appetite, fatigue or feel very sad, you may have postpartum depression. It is important to discuss this with your doctor, as it could worsen the way you care for your baby and yourself.

On the other hand, it is essential that you do not stop breastfeeding your baby, as the antibodies in your milk will protect your baby during this health emergency.

If you have any doubts, symptoms or do not feel well, be sure to consult your doctor.

Stay calm, it is time to be at home, and although you will have a different pregnancy, it is a great time to connect with your emotions, prepare your home to receive your baby and get plenty of rest.

 

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Daniel Carrera
Daniel Carrera

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