To best prepare for a hurricane, expectant mothers should create a communication plan with their family members. Pregnant women should also assemble an emergency kit that contains vital supplies like first aid kits and any necessary medications they might need during the storm. Additionally, it is crucial to know what shelters are nearest you that you can stay in in case of evacuation and have cars filled up with gas, so evacuating will be easy if needed.
Moms-to-be must try to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and other liquids such as electrolyte-filled drinks like Gatorade, bottled water, as well as eating a nutritious diet that can include canned foods, fresh fruits, and vegetables if they're available. While it is good to avoid eating from the icebox because of spoilage, pregnant women should eat what they can and then throw out anything that might be bad.
Like we mentioned earlier, it's vital for pregnant women to stay inside as much as possible during a storm because running around outside puts them at risk of getting injured by flying debris.
Of course, pregnant women should try to keep their cool during storms because having too much anxiety can be bad for the baby. For example, if they have blood pressure problems, it's not a good idea to sit around and watch the news about how dangerous the storm is supposed to be because this will only add more stress onto them since there's nothing they can do about it.
As we've learned here in South Louisiana, hurricanes are no laughing matter. Their forces can be hazardous, and if you're pregnant when one is looming, it's essential to prepare yourself for whatever might happen.
Preterm labor can develop during a disaster and is serious. The sooner you know about preterm labor, the sooner your doctor or medical team can help. If premature contractions occur, immediately call your healthcare provider and make arrangements to get to the hospital since it may be too late if you wait until an emergency shelter opens.
If you're pregnant and living in the hurricane's aftermath, there are a few things to keep an eye on. For example, dehydration can be dangerous for mom-to-be because it may cause preterm labor — which is never good news when water damage from flooding is still being repaired around your house! Also, note that exhaustion will not help with any of this adversity as well. So even if you don't have power or internet access right now (or both), try taking care of yourself by resting up while everyone else deals with cleanup efforts.