If you are pregnant, you might be feeling a little anxious about ways to protect yourself and the baby. Here are some tips on how to reduce your risk of exposure and focus on your positive pregnancy journey. Practicing good hygiene is a must during COVID-19 and there are no cutting corners when it comes to washing your hands. It is also important to make sure that your family members are doing the same.
Here are some of my tips:
Leave your shoes outside when you get home. Don't wear it in if you can.
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap. No cutting corners.
Wash your hands before touching your face and eating as well as right after you enter the house. You can use an alcohol-based sanitiser.
Stay 1.5m away from others and yes, even if you're in the supermarket browsing. If there are too many people at a particular aisle, make a note to come back when there aare less crowds.
Practice physical distancing. Avoid mass gatherings and crowds.
Cough into your elbows not your hands.
Stay away from other vulverable people like those in aged-care facilities, babies, pregnant mums and those who have pre-existing respiratory conditions and weakened immune systems.
If you're experiencing symptoms, please go and get tested immediately.
- Flu-like symptoms such as sneezing or coughing
- Difficulty breathing
- Sore Throat
You can also use the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker to find out what to do next. If the Symptom Checker advises you to seek medical help, it’s very important that you call before visiting a clinic or hospital to describe the symptoms.
Get a flu shot
Highly recommended for everyone. Even though COVID-19 and the flu are different viruses, it’s important to do whatever you can to avoid getting sick during your pregnancy and during these colder months.
It’s best to get your information about coronavirus (COVID-19) from up-to-date, accurate and reliable sources.
The best sources are Healthdirect’s Coronavirus hub and Australian, state and territory health departments:
- Australian Government Department of Health – Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert
- ACT Health – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
- NSW Health – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
- NT Government Department of Health – Coronavirus
- Queensland Health – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
- SA Health – Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Tasmanian Government Department of Health – Coronavirus
- Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Western Australian Government Department of Health – Coronavirus (COVID-19)
No matter what, we are all in this together... So let's cheer ourselves and others on this journey, be positive, stay strong and wash your hands! Team BFT x
IMPORTANT: If you have severe difficulty breathing, call triple zero (000) immediately. Tell the call handler and the paramedics on arrival about your recent travel history and any close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19.
Sources: The Royal Women's Hospital, Pregnancy Birth & Baby, Health Direct