Pregnancy Tips: A Hurricane Checklist

If you're pregnant during a hurricane, there are some things you need to consider. One of the most important is that your health and safety should be your priority, so if evacuation orders come down, make sure you follow them.

BEFORE THE STORM: BE PREPARED

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.

Evacuation Orders

Evacuating during a hurricane is never easy because you can be caught off guard by sudden flooding from rainstorms or other dangerous conditions. When it's time to leave, make sure you have a full tank of gas because roads can become blocked, and traffic is often slow. It is best if pregnant women don't drive at all if they can avoid it since there is a greater chance of accidents occurring.

Stay Inside

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.

Stay Calm

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.

Keep an eye on the storm, and be ready for anything

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.

Know the signs of preterm labor

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.

After the Storm: Clean Up Carefully

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.

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