Advice for mothers during COVID-19

Michelle Mak COVID-19, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

During the COVID-19 crisis, it is important for pregnant women to take the following precautions to protect against the possibility of becoming ill:

  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Talk to your doctor, obstetrician or midwife about the possibility of telephone or videoconference appointments.
  • Avoid unnecessary visitors to your home.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Practice physical distancing. Keep a distance of at least two metres from others.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  • Avoid crowded places and peak-hours. Make limited trips to the store for essentials
  • Avoid travel by public transit.

For mothers who are planning to give birth:

  • If you plan to give birth in a hospital or birth centre, learn about the policies in place
  • If you plan to give birth at home, talk to your midwife about:
    • whether home births are still an option in your province or territory during the pandemic; and,
    • precautions to take to ensure your home environment is safe.
  • If you have COVID-19, talk to your health care provider about the preferred birth plan.
    • Your health care provider will consult perinatal (immediately before birth), neonatal (after birth), infectious disease and intensive care specialists, as required.

Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of infection and illness throughout infancy and childhood. The virus that causes COVID-19 has not been found in breast milk.

  • Considering the benefits of breastfeeding and the insignificant role of breast milk in transmission of other respiratory viruses, breastfeeding can continue.
  • However, if the mother has/may have COVID-19, during breastfeeding she should always wear a medical mask, or if not available, a non-medical mask or face covering, and consider covering the baby with a blanket or towel.
  • The mother should adhere to proper respiratory and hand hygiene before and after close contact with the baby.

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