While it may seem like a lifetime ago, the pre-COVID era saw many pregnant women happily planning their delivery day. After all, it was going to be the day that they’d welcome the newest member of their family. However, once the pandemic hit, everyone was sent into a tizzy. With the uncertainties and lockdowns, came a fear that gripped every pregnant woman around the globe – how would their delivery be impacted during these unprecedented times.
While there are signs of improvement, and also a ray of hope on the horizon, mommies-to-be are still reeling in a cloud of ambiguity. There’s a lot of uncertainty about what will happen when you arrive at the hospital. To help you, we’ve listed out 6 things that you need to be prepared for before you go into labour in the COVID-age:
- Hospital room bookings:
Due to the scarcity of beds, many hospitals are forced to turn away patients, even those seeking emergency care. Be proactive and check-up on bed availabilities at nearby hospitals according to your due date. This will save you time and effort when you actually go into labour.
- Hospital companion:
Most hospitals have implemented strict policies when it comes to the number of caregivers allowed per room. Even though it is put in place to curb the spread of the SARS COVID19 Virus, it can be troublesome for a first-time mom. Choosing between your partner or your parents at such a time could be really difficult. Just think about what each one brings to the table and make your decision based on what is it that you will really need help with for a couple of days after delivery.
- Social distancing and sanitization protocols:
New and stricter norms are in place regarding social distancing and sanitization. Avoid crowded places and wear a mask at all times. If you are visiting the hospital for your routine check, try to reach at the time of your appointment and not earlier. In this way, you won’t have to be in the hospital longer than required. If you are sharing a room, then make sure that you sanitize your hands and the toilet seat before and after using the washroom. Carrying your own water bottle is also a good idea. Also, wash all fruits thoroughly before you take a bite.
- Added expenses:
Hospitals may demand a deposit at the time of admission, which may be steeper than pre-Corona days. It is advisable that you keep aside money for the hospital deposit as well as for COVID19 tests and other screenings which would not have otherwise been a part of the delivery charges.
- The virus:
Being informed is essential. Pregnant women must make themselves aware of the proper ways to care for themselves and their little ones during these times. Being mindful of the symptoms of COVID19 like fever, fatigue, chills, nausea, headache, etc. is crucial to help you identify and get the treatment early. In case you are tested positive for the virus, then what are the possible ways to avoid transmission to the baby is something you should speak to your doctor about beforehand.
- Virtual support:
Being isolated from your family and friends with a baby to take care of can be overwhelming. Hospital staff too, might not always be around to help you. It might get exhausting, and you may even have doubts if you are doing things right. However, use the gift of technology to your advantage. Video call your mother to ask for advice or ask your friends to sing a lullaby for your baby. It will help you stay in the right frame of mind.
Now that you’ve gone through the list, we hope that you feel better prepared for D-Day. Don’t let it overwhelm you and don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it.