Pregnancy is a beautiful journey leading to the arrival of your precious little one. However, during this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, expectant mothers are experiencing anxiety and stress due to the uncertainty of the impact of coronavirus on pregnancy.
Your health and safety is our top priority at Rao Hospital. Due to the novel nature of COVID-19, research is still on-going. We advise all patients to be aware and take extra precautions during this crucial time. Here are a few do’s and don’ts for expectant mothers based on what we know so far about the virus.
Also, don’t miss out on the video of our consultant, Dr.Damodar Rao giving advice on precautions for pregnant women.
During this time, it is advisable to stay safe within the comfort of your home. It is known that the virus is not airborne but can transfer through respiratory droplets. So, practice social distancing at all times and avoid gatherings.
Speak to your doctor about consulting them over the phone in order to minimize your exposure and chances of getting infected. Your doctor may advise you to visit the hospital for the purpose of a scan or any blood investigation or for a critical check-up. While visiting the hospital, take necessary precautions such as scheduling your appointment in advance, wearing a mask and being accompanied with only one attender during your visit. At Rao Hospital, we have taken all measures to ensure your safety at our premises. Make sure you inform your doctor if you have any symptoms like fever, respiratory symptoms or diarrhoea, or if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
Follow Basic Hygiene Practices
Wash your hands frequently with soap, even if you are at home. In case soap is not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% of alcohol. It is important to ensure that you do not come in contact with fire while using sanitizer. Avoid touching your face, especially your nose, mouth and eyes. Clean and disinfect things that people touch a lot, like phones, doorknobs, and counters.
In addition, make sure the person stepping out to buy groceries wears masks and gloves. It is a good practice for them to disinfect the clothes worn outside and to shower immediately once they return home. We also advice on soaking any purchase / items from outside for at least 2 minutes in a bucket of soap water and drying them under the sun for an hour before bringing it into the house.
Follow a Healthy Diet And Boost Your Immunity
It is advisable to eat wholesome, nutritious and home-cooked meals. Avoid ordering takeout or getting food delivered from outside. During this period, try to avoid eating raw vegetables and ensure you wash and peel the outer layer of all the fruits and vegetables.
It is known that the virus does not survive in hot and humid environment. So, boost your immunity by gargling in warm salt water twice a day and ensure you do steam inhalation daily to keep the virus at bay.
De-Stress, Stay Active and Enjoy Your Pregnancy
Pay attention to your body. If you’re feeling exhausted, take rest or a nap when you can. Sleep is important for anyone’s mental health and it also supports a healthy pregnancy.
Exercise releases endorphins which are feel-good chemicals in your brain that will elevate your mood. Make sure you set aside time every day to follow gentle and safe exercises such as stretches and yoga. Focus on your breathing and practice meditation to also relax and let your stress slip away.
Connect with your friends and family using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
Pamper yourself by listening to your favourite music, reading a book or by giving your skin a little extra care with a homemade mask.
Care During Delivery
In order to minimize the spread of coronavirus, we do not allow more than one attender to stay with you during your admission for delivery. Additionally, the hospital has a strict no visitor policy during this time. So, ensure that your spouse or family is prepared for that. Make sure you have a backup in place in case he cannot be present during the delivery. We request you to explain this to other members of your family and friends so that they do not arrive at the hospital.
After discharge, it is advisable to restrict the number of visitors to your home to protect the new-born and yourself from acquiring any infections. At home, all caregivers should wash their hands before and after touching your baby. Maintain social distance and keep all surfaces clean.
ACCESS TO GOOD HEALTH IS JUST A CALL/ CLICK AWAY
* Quarantine preventing you from meeting your doctor?
* Have your appointments with the doctor got cancelled due to this lockdown?
The world is taking a break, but we aren’t! In view of the covid-19 pandemic, Rao hospital launches its ‘ONLINE TELE- CONSULTATION’ services to consult your doctor from the comfort of your home regarding any pregnancy, infertility, gynecology or paediatric queries.
Follow the simple steps below to book your appointment now.
- Select the Doctor you want to consult.
- Fill in the registration form.
- Pay the fees online.
- Have a detailed consultation with the video call option available to you.
On payment confirmation, you will receive a call from our patient-care coordinator to schedule the appointment.
For any further assistance, please contact +91 9597911425 or +91 422-4048888.
- The video/ voice consultation will only be for 15 minutes.
- You may request for a medical prescription
WHY ONLINE TELE- CONSULTATION?
- Hassle-free appointment booking.
- Free to choose any available doctor.
- No waiting.
- Consult a doctor online from the comfort and safety of your home.
Have you got your appointments yet? If YES, get ready to find answers to all your queries. NO? Why wait? Book your appointment now at: http://appointment.raohospital.com/