Understandably, many pregnant women have growing concerns about the recent coronavirus outbreak. While it’s currently unknown if unborn children are at risk, the best approach is to take the necessary precautions. Here are some ways that expectant mothers can stay safe.

Be Extra Careful in Public Areas

As a pregnant woman, you should be extra careful in public areas. Even the cleanest-looking places can have germs. From handrails to desks, germs can be found virtually anywhere. It’s definitely a good idea to avoid eating out at buffets. People who unknowingly have the virus can easily spread it by touching utensils and other surfaces. Crowded environments are especially risky. Avoid close contact whenever possible.

Practice Good Hygiene

In terms of coronavirus prevention, the importance of practicing good hygiene cannot be overstressed. Develop a habit of washing your hands regularly. This simple step can help kill any pathogens. If you happen to be on the go, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a great substitute Also, try to avoid unnecessarily touching your face when away from home. After touching a contaminated surface, simply rubbing your eyes or scratching your nose can cause you to become infected.

Take Advantage of Your Home’s HVAC System

Your home’s HVAC system can be used to prevent infectious diseases, including coronavirus. It’s designed with an air filter that captures airborne contaminants. However, be sure to have this filter changed on a monthly basis. AC installation services can further enhance your protection by adding an air purifier. This will help eliminate germs before they even reach your HVAC system. Some units are designed with an ultraviolet light, which can destroy viruses on contact.

Keep an Eye Out for Signs of Sickness

While you’re around other people, be sure to keep an eye out for signs of sickness. Some of the obvious clues include frequent coughing and sneezing. Although these symptoms could simply stem from seasonal allergies, don’t put yourself at risk by taking any chances. Try to stay at least six feet away at all times.

Boost Your Immune System

Even if you do come in contact with a virus, maintaining a strong immune system will help you to fight it off. Eating healthy can certainly help bolster your immune system. Fresh fruits and vegetables contain a lot of powerful antioxidants, which help shield you from disease. However, always wash these foods before eating them.
While coronavirus may have started to spread, using good judgment will help you stay safe. Even small lifestyle changes can help. You deserve to have a great pregnancy experience.

Author's Bio: 

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan