The needs of a pregnant woman during a disaster or crisis are unique.
Start with following all directions given by civil defense during an emergency.
If you must evacuate your home, here are some special things to consider:
» Call your physician’s office to let them know where you will be. Discuss concerns and delivery plans with your doctor.
» If you have a high-risk pregnancy or you are close to delivery, check with your health care provider to determine the safest option for you.
» Bring any medications you are currently taking, including your prenatal vitamins and your prescriptions.
» Keep a copy of your prenatal medical records and contact information for your health care provider with you in case you have to visit another provider.
» Wear comfortable shoes and pack some snacks.
» Remember that maternity clothes may not be available if you evacuate. Pack extra clothes for yourself, including undergarments
» Being pregnant is a stressful time. Find someone to talk to a few times a day. The fact that you have someone to talk to can be helpful all by itself.
» Drink 8 glasses (8 ounce servings) of water a day.
» Eat several times throughout the day, and try to choose foods that are high in protein and low in fat.
» Take time to lie down and put your feet up a few times a day. You and your baby need to rest often and avoid getting overheated.
» Find a quiet spot to clear your mind of worries and take deep breaths from your belly.
» Know the signs of labor and preterm labor. See below for more information.
» If your healthcare provider’s office is closed, or if you have had to evacuate, you can call a local hospital to get more information about prenatal care.
Signs of Preterm Labor:
If you have any of the following symptoms, let the person in charge of the shelter know immediately and call your health care provider:
» Contractions every 10 minutes or more often
» Leaking fluid or bleeding from your vagina
» The feeling that your baby is pushing down
» Low, dull backache
» Cramps that feel like your period
» Abdominal cramps with or without diarrhea