Self-Care Tips For Expectant Moms Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Pregnancy is a stressful period in a woman’s life, with or without having the COVID-19 pandemic to contend with. But expectant mothers could feel more vulnerable in quarantine due to the lack of social support and extensive isolation. Prospective mothers might also harbor worries regarding their capabilities to nurture a newborn child and the pandemic might be exacerbating their anxieties. 

Medical professionals are generally aware of the uneasy feelings experienced by pregnant women and are keen on “managing perinatal mental health disorders during the pandemic, without delay.” The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) screening and treatment program for maternal depression donated money in the form of grants to five states thus far. 

Since 2018, $5 million has been given annually to promote screening, assessment, psychiatric care for perinatal depression and training of caretakers. “We propose including an additional $10 million in funding for this program in the next COVID-19 response legislation. This funding would allow 12 additional states to establish programs…,” a letter signed by several American medical associations reads. 

Back in 2011, NESTS was a helpful abbreviation developed to devise a useful self-care plan for expectant mothers. These tips are relevant even more during the current health crises, which is an added stressor to these mothers-to-be. Here's a breakdown of the tips as per each letter that could make the pregnancy easier. 

N for Nutrition

Ensure you have three balanced meals a day with all the extra nutrition needed. Keep your pantry stocked in advance by organizing a shopping list. Try relying on family members or friends who can do the grocery shopping on your behalf because it can be a difficult task to undertake amid the threat of coronavirus. 

E for Exercise

As opposed to high-intensity exercises, be consistent with low-intensity exercises instead. For example, try walking or doing appropriate yoga with the guidance of an instructor. 

S for Sleep

Pregnant women should not drink more than 300 mg of caffeine, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), especially before bedtime since that could lower the quality of sleep. Cushion yourself with small pillows in different positions, either placed on the lower back or legs. 

T for Time for Self

Carve out some time for yourself during the day to spend a few moments alone in peace. For instance, you can read a book facing a calming view or use a scented body wash. 

S for Supports

Ask for the support you need without hesitation and share feeding duties with your spouse, friend or family member. 

Pregnant In COVID-19 Pandemic Researchers said that there is no evidence that the novel coronavirus could cause serious complications in both the mother and baby during pregnancy. Pixabay

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