Tips for Independent Isolation for Pregnant Women
Pregnant women are included in a group that is vulnerable to being exposed to Covid-19. Covid-19 infection is never picky about people. Young and old, male or female, can be infected with Covid-19. A similar condition can happen to pregnant women. If the mother is exposed to Covid-19 with mild or asymptomatic symptoms, it is advisable to self-isolate at home. Then, what are the tips for self-isolation for pregnant women to stay healthy and recover from Covid-19?
1. Consult first with the doctor
If a pregnant or breastfeeding mother is exposed to Covid-19 or a PCR test shows a positive result, then the first thing that needs to be done is to consult an obstetrician. Consultation can be done via telephone or chat. Later, doctors or health workers will monitor the condition of pregnant women to ensure whether they are allowed to self-isolate or have to be in hospital. Usually, the doctor will ask for a history of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart, or lung disease. The doctor will also ask about symptoms or conditions after exposure to COVID-19, including body temperature and oxygen saturation levels.
2. Applying Strict Health Protocols
During self-isolation, pregnant women need to apply strict health protocols. Avoid using the same personal tools as other family members, such as cutlery, toiletries, and others. Make sure the pregnant woman occupies an isolation room with good air ventilation and is exposed to the sun enough to get enough morning sunlight. Also make sure to always clean the objects around that are often touched with disinfectant.
3. Consume Healthy Food and Water
A healthy nutritious diet and eating healthy foods consisting of carbohydrates, animal and vegetable protein, vegetables, and fruit. Pregnant women are more selective in choosing food. Avoid processed foods, fast foods, foods high in sugar and salt, and foods with preservatives. Consume at least 2 liters of water per day and mineral water. It's best to drink small amounts of water every hour and not drink a lot of water at one time because it can cause bloating and discomfort in the stomach.
4. Consumption of Vitamins and Medicines According to Doctor's Recommendations
Pregnant women need to take additional drugs or vitamins. However, the drugs taken must be according to the doctor's advice, you should not take other drugs that are not recommended by the doctor. Do not use other people's prescriptions while healing COVID-19. Not all drugs can have the same effect on everyone. This is especially important for pregnant women. Because, the consumption of drugs and vitamins during pregnancy can affect the fetus.
5. Get enough rest and avoid stress triggers
Pregnant women who are positive for COVID-19 also need adequate rest. Sleeping 8 hours a day can help the healing process of the disease. Napping for about 1 hour can help the body get back fit and fit. Because stress can worsen the symptoms of the Covid-19 virus, you should try to stay positive and avoid things that can trigger stress. Also avoid worrying about unnecessary things. Try to always feel calm and comfortable. Because, mental conditions will also affect the fetus in the womb.
6. Exercising lightly
During pregnancy, pregnant women should be able to do passive or light sports with minimal abdominal movements, move their hands and swing their legs while watching TV or doing light activities at home. These activities are good for helping labor run smoothly, with the hope of smooth blood vessels and supply food for the baby is met.
7. Immediately go to the hospital if you experience symptoms that get worse
If the symptoms felt by pregnant women get worse, immediately go to the hospital for further treatment. Symptoms include saturation less than 95, shortness of breath, weak or imperceptible fetal movements and danger signs of pregnancy or the puerperium.
Pregnant women don't need to worry, Hermina Pandanaran Hospital has Halo Hermina service that can be used for online consultations. If there are medicines and vitamins that are prescribed, they can be delivered using a delivery service so that you can stay calm and self-isolate at home.