Ten things to know about being pregnant in a pandemic
June 25, 2020
What’s it like to be pregnant during a pandemic?
Megan Bass, R.N., a labor and delivery nurse at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center who gave birth to a beautiful girl named Joslin Mae Bass in the early months of the coronavirus outbreak, suggested 10 things you may want to know:
- Realize that your birth plan will not be traditional.
- Do as much as possible to keep yourself free of the virus — handwashing, social distancing, staying at home as much as possible and asking those around to do the same thing.
- Be ready to adapt to change.
- Plan for someone else to take care of your other children.
- Once you enter the hospital, understand that everyone around you is going to be wearing masks and taking extra precautions.
- Realize that you will have only one support person with you in the hospital.
- Know that the changes and restrictions are intended to keep you, your baby and the health care workers safe.
- Look forward to having as close to an ideal birth as you can have.
- Enjoy your baby!
- Her main message: “Don’t worry, the nurses are never going to let you feel as if you are by yourself. There is a whole team of people behind you to make sure you will experience something wonderful.”