COVID Precautions For Asthamic Expecting Moms


Coronavirus has now taken deeper roots. What looked like an outbreak in a town in China is now a pandemic, a global cause of concern. The spread of the virus was so rapid that the experts and researchers had no time to dig deeper into the causes and other factors of this outbreak. The world is trembling in fear. The causes and results of this disease are extremely uncertain and that is what makes it scary. If one has a chronic or an underlying condition they need to be more cautious.

For women who are pregnant and have a chronic condition like asthma, they must be careful when it comes to this virus. Their safety means the safety of the baby growing inside them. If you are expecting a baby you may feel extremely overwhelmed with everything going around you, but you’ll have to teach yourself to relax and stay calm, as your stress and anxiety will affect the development of your child.

To keep yourself and your baby shielded from the virus outside, here’s what you can do:

  • Medications: Before you think about COVID-19, you must control the existing condition that you have. Keep your asthma in control. Take your medication on time as prescribed by your doctor. Do not, under any circumstances, skip your medication unless suggested by your doctor who knows your medical history.
  • Use Mask: Wear a mask if you plan to leave your house. Wear it even if you are going for a walk in your compound. Considering your condition, you must wear a mask as much as you can, as it will not only protect you from coronavirus but any other infections as well.
  • Wash Hands: Just like everybody else, you too need to wash your hands frequently. Use water and soap or an alcohol-based rub. Wash them thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds especially before eating and after going to the bathroom.
  • Gargle: Gargle with lukewarm salt and water mix, twice or thrice a day to soothe your throat.
  • Distance: Make sure you don’t get in direct contact with your spouse or any other family member if they were out of the house. Let them wash their hands and feet thoroughly and only then go near them. Till then, maintain your distance.
  • Medical Assistance: If you are facing any discomfort or you think you have any symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.

The times are difficult, sure, but try and keep yourself busy and diverted from all the negativity. Spend time with your family, take care of your diet, exercise regularly, and stay positive. This is a phase and it will pass. Just protect yourself and the life inside of you till then.

Dr Jyoti Kankanala,
Senior Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article belong solely to the author. They do not reflect the opinions or views of the organization.

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