Although to date there is no evidence available that the coronavirus may have a higher incidence, severity, or lethality in the pregnant population or transmission from mother to child or through breast milk. However, it is very much important to take care of yourself especially if you gave birth recently and now you are a new mum.
If the new mum has warning signs such as fever over 38 degrees, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, or permanent vomiting, she should report them and go to a health service.
Here we give you important 5 tips for coming out of lockdown for new mum:
1. Hygiene and personal care routine:
Of course, hygiene and personal care routine are essential for women during this stage. Remember that this routine includes:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Wear a mask.
- Maintain a minimum physical distance of 2 meters with other people. Not being in crowded places.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
2. Use high-quality sanitary products and stay active:
Physical activity has shown great benefits for all people, including pregnant women. Based on your doctor’s recommendations, you are encouraged to have a healthy exercise discipline at home during preventive isolation. You can stay active even during periods by using high-quality sanitary products.
Typically, the period after pregnancy will return about 6 to 8 weeks after you give birth. However, if you breastfeed, this period can vary. During this time, it is recommended to use only high-quality sanitary pads and/or sanitary napkin.
3. The care of your mental health:
What about the mental health of new mom?
- Carry out the new motherhood with the greatest peace of mind. It is recommended to apply relaxation, mindfulness, or meditation strategies. Or simply, do things that generate peace of mind. For example, reading, listening to music, drawing, watching series, among others.
- Practice physical activity. Exercise offers many benefits, it can be practiced at home, taking into account the advice of the attending gynecologist.
- Get prepared. It is key to have a plan of how and where to get when it is time to deliver. Also, have a suitcase with what you need ready.
- Be well informed. Prenatal checkups are ideal to answer doubts and ask all questions about the risk of coronavirus in pregnancy. It is also important to talk to your doctor about your emotions so you know how to handle them.
4. Breastfeeding and Corona Virus:
If I become positive and have coronavirus, will I be able to breastfeed my baby? Is the virus transmitted through breast milk? Will they separate me from my baby? These are another of the constant questions among women in a state of pregnancy, in the midst of this coronavirus pandemic.
As UNICEF and UNFPA point out, Lactating women should not be separated from their newborns; mothers can feed their children, through breastfeeding, if they take the necessary precautions such as:
- Mothers who show symptoms and are able to breastfeed should wear a mask when they are around the child - also during breastfeeding. Wash their hands before and after being in contact with him, and cleaning or disinfecting contaminated surfaces.
- If a mother is unable to breastfeed, she should be encouraged to express her milk, which can be used to feed the child using a spoon or clean container. She should also wear a mask, wash her hands before and after to be in contact with the child and to clean or disinfect contaminated surfaces.
5. Talk to your doctor:
When you go out after lockdown, it is highly recommended to talk to your doctor. If you notice that the intensity of emotions such as anxiety or sadness affects your daily performance, it is important that you discuss it at your prenatal check-ups. Your doctor knows how to detect, evaluate, and manage common emotional disturbances during pregnancy. Likewise, it is important that you report if you have a history of mental illness before you are pregnant, this will help the medical team to define the best strategies and support for you during this period.