Chennai these days is flooded with unusual downpours, gloomy weather and numerous cyclone warnings and thus a lot of problems like stranded animals, flooded homes, neighborhoods, a lot of damage to public and private properties.As a mom of a 2 1/2 year old, I empathize with many other Moms and especially expecting mothers. My thoughts are with you all.
During such weather conditions, pregnant women are at high risks, thus I would recommend the following to expecting mothers.
– Protect herself from mosquito bites, this will ensure that the baby too is protected. Flood leads to accumulation of stagnant water where mosquitoes breed. Using herbal mosquito repellants is the only way I’ve figured this out. This is the first step towards keeping malaria and dengue away.
– Do not drink regular water. The safest way out is bottled water. This is a good precaution against falling prey to viral and infections. If bottled water is inaccesible and not affordable then use the stove and ensure that the water is boiled and decontaminated. Make sure all the fruits and vegetables are washed very well before they are cooked and consumed. Sanitization is a good precaution.
– Keep calm as the hormones are anyway playing up. The gloomy weather and the floods might make one feel unusual, nauseous, depressed or anxious. Say a prayer for those affected by the floods. Contribute some food or help in disaster management. A walk around the house or keeping active with yoga and deep breathing exercises are highly recommended for a healthy mom and baby.
– Ensure safety at all times by keeping the OB/GY number handy and also ensure that they will be available during an emergency (especially if you are 8 or 9 months pregnant). Keeping a back up OB/GY won’t harm at all.
While these are just a few things to keep in mind, the family and spouse play an important role for expecting mothers in keeping them healthy and in high spirits during a crisis situation like floods.
Moina is a mommy blogger and owns mommymojo.in .She loves bringing resources together and sharing them with the mommy community. In her spare time she engages with mothers to learn more about mommydom.