Maintaining good health is important for everyone when protecting themselves against COVID-19, including pregnant women.
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There is currently no evidence showing that a pregnant woman can pass the virus to her fetus or baby during delivery.
Breastfeeding lowers a baby’s risk of infection and illness. If a mother has or may have COVID-19 when breastfeeding, she should wear a mask, cough or sneeze into her bent elbow or a tissue, wash her hands and breast before and after touching the baby, and consider covering the baby with a light blanket or towel.
The birth of a child is an exciting time for any family, but in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents are understandably concerned over the health of their new baby, their other children, and themselves. Following public health guidelines for maintaining physical distancing, washing hands, and only leaving the home for essential trips is still the best way to keep your children and yourself safe; however, there are special considerations for pregnant/breastfeeding mothers, and care for newborns.
Keeping kids active during this time is important, not only for their physical health, but also for their emotional and mental health.
When you are instructed to self-isolate, you are required to separate yourself from others. This doesn’t mean, however, that you cannot take part in physical activity if you are not experiencing any symptoms.
Physical (social) distancing is in effect for everyone at this time. Keeping a space of at least two metres (6 feet) between you and another person is important to decrease the spread of the virus.
Places where we gather to be active, such as gym facilities, recreation centres, swimming pools, sports fields and parks, have been closed in order to support social and physical distancing and self-isolation measures. Despite these closures, physical activity is still important, and everyone should continue to participate, as they are able, for both their physical and mental well-being.
Many healthcare workers are experiencing higher levels of stress during this time, which can greatly affect their sleep. Dr. Brian Murray from Sunnybrook Hospital describes 10 tips healthcare workers can practice to get the sleep they need to better protect themselves and others.
Looking for activities to do with the family to wind down before bed? Here are some activities to look forward to that everyone can participate in.