Exercise during pregnancy and Coronavirus

Exercise during pregnancy and Coronavirus
April 6, 2020 alexandramccabe
Pregnancy Exercise & corona virus

If you are pregnant of course you are going to be even more worried about coronavirus
It’s important that you stay safe, look after yourself and remember that you’re staying safe and looking after BOTH of you.

These are difficult and anxiety inducing times, but if you follow the government and NHS guidelines you are no more at risk than any other member of the population.

Pregnant women ARE in the ‘vulnerable group’ according to the Chief Medical Officer but, according to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, there is still no evidence that you are more likely to catch it than anyone else.  In a small proportion of women pregnancy can alter how your body handles serious infections.  RCOG continue to say ‘there is no evidence that pregnant women who get this infection are more at risk of serious complications than any other healthy individuals.

Generally, pregnant women do not appear to be more likely to be severely unwell than other healthy adults if they develop the new coronavirus. It is expected the large majority of pregnant women will experience only mild or moderate cold/flu like symptoms.

As yet, there is no evidence that pregnant women who get this infection are more at risk of serious complications than any other healthy individuals.’

Of course you will be anxious about your baby but as this is a very new virus we are only just beginning to learn about it.  But reassuringly, RCOG say  ‘There is no evidence to suggest an increased risk of miscarriage.

There is also no evidence that the virus can pass to your baby while you are pregnant or during birth (this is called vertical transmission). Two cases of possible vertical transmission have been reported. In both cases, it remains unclear whether transmission was prior to or soon after birth. Another recent report from China of four women with coronavirus infection when they gave birth found no evidence of the infection in their newborn babies. Expert opinion is that the baby is unlikely to be exposed during pregnancy. It is also therefore considered unlikely that if you have the virus it would cause problems with the baby’s development, and none have been observed currently.

Some babies born to women with symptoms of coronavirus in China have been born prematurely. It is unclear whether coronavirus caused early labour, or whether it was recommended that the baby was born early in order to preserve the mother’s health.’

For full details click on RCOG website

Stay Active
The government advises that you stay at home but recommends you can leave the house once a day to take exercise such as walking, running or cycling – all of which are ideal activities during pregnancy.

If you’re not able to do any of these, unroll your exercise mat and try to make sure you maintain your pregnancy fitness at home.  Whatever your trimester, we have a choice of workout videos for you to follow that will help you to maintain your strength, flexibility and overall fitness.  Continuing to aim for 30 minutes of exercise each day throughout pregnancy will also give you a daily rush of feel good endorphins, even more important at the moment.

Stay Calm
Sometimes easier said than done but doing all you can to minimise stress and anxiety is good for you and good for your baby.  Regular yoga and meditation will help you to stay calm as well as preparing you for the birth of your baby.

We have a series of prenatal yoga videos that you can follow at home whether you prefer a morning flow to set you up for the day or some gentle calming breathing exercises.

Boost your immune system
Don’t simply give up and reach for the chocolate box in despair!  Eating well and maintaining a healthy immune system is even more important for pregnant women.  Whilst shopping at the moment can be challenging, try and make sure your diet still includes the key nutrients.

We suggest you kick start your day with this delicious hot lemon drink to boost your immune system:

I tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
I tbsp of cider vinegar
1 tbsp of honey
I tsp of freshly grated root ginger
Mix all ingredients together (straining the ginger if you prefer) and top up with boiling water

If you think you may have symptoms of COVID-19 you should use the NHS 111 online service for information. If you develop more severe symptoms or your recovery is delayed this may be a sign that you are developing a more significant chest infection that requires enhanced care. Advice remains that if you feel your symptoms are worsening or if you are not getting better you should contact your maternity care team or use the NHS 111 online service for further information and advice.

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