Pregnancy is challenging with so many changes going on physically and mentally. Now you have to think about the global pandemic too!
The experts are strictly suggesting 'social distancing' as the only way to stay safe. However, you still have prenatal appointments. What to do now?
Should you go to prenatal appointments during the coronavirus crisis?
Healthcare is essential, hence, expecting mothers can continue to visit their doctors when it's absolutely required.
The risk of contacting COVIS-19 has to be balanced with the importance of prenatal appointments. Many doctors are now spacing out visits to meet only for important screening. They are also trying to cover more in each appointment to reduce the need for frequent visits.
Practitioners are trying their best to conduct virtual prenatal appointments by connecting over video calls or phone. You can always call your doctor to enquire what they are doing to minimize the risk.
How to take precautions at your doctor's appointment?
Practise good hygiene and stay as far as away from others as possible. While you are there, make sure you don't touch your face and wash your hands as soon as you reach home.
Wait in the car for your appointment and ask the front desk to call you when the doctor is ready so that you can directly go into the examination room and minimize contact with others.
Talk to your practitioner for her recommendations if you are nervous about going into his/her office.