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Special info: For pregnant women

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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:

Before:

» 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.

During:

» 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

After:

» 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

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