Measures for pregnant women to prevent COVID-19 infection

Social Distancing

  • Disinfection of surfaces to reduce fomites related spread.
  • For women working outside the house, it is preferable to take Work from Home.
  • Keeping a distance of at least one metre in various necessary interactions and activities
  • Avoid non-essential travel. If travel is undertaken, it is preferable to use a private vehicle. If public transport is used, distance should be maintained.
  • Avoid gatherings and functions to celebrate the 7-month milestone, which is a common cultural practice.
  • Minimize visitors from coming to meet the mother and newborn after delivery.
  • They can consult the healthcare provider telephonically or through a web platform for minor ailments and questions. Essential milestone visits such as the 12 and 19 week scans are needed. Women are advised to note fetal movements everyday. The next visit can be at 32 weeks pregnancy.

    They can protect themselves by the motto “Do the Five”.

    Action Measures
    Stay at home as much as possible unless there is a medical need related to development of symptoms of infection or related to pregnancy. Routine antental visits are to be deferred. If there is a minor query, it can be sorted out telephonically. At present, telephonic consultations are permitted by the Medical Council of India till the situation comes under control. Keep the traffic of home visitors including home care personnel, maids, and staff members to a minimum or avoid completely if possible.
    Washing their hands frequently and properly with a soap and water or an alcohol based hand rub for minimum 20 seconds
    Covering their mouth and nose with their bent elbow, handkerchief or tissue while coughing or sneezing. Then the used tissue should be disposed immediately. This is an important component of respiratory hygiene.
    Avoid touching face, eyes, nose and mouth with hands.
    Keep a distance of at least 1 meter from the next person outside and in the house.

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