By: Angela Hammet, MSN, RNC-OB, LCCE
Woman’s Pregnancy Nurse Navigator
There are many tasks that become more difficult when you are expecting: tying your shoes, taking the stairs, and, in Louisiana, preparing for a hurricane! While making well thought out plans and having emergency bags packed are great preparations for hurricane season, there are also some simple tips to remember as a storm approaches:
- Plan an alternate birth location in case of evacuation or problems with road travel.
- Have phone numbers and locations of local obstetricians in case you cannot reach your regular health care provider.
- Try to get three solid meals with a protein, a fruit and or a vegetable, and some sort of starch if possible.
- Stay hydrated.
- Listen to your body. Any severe storm can put a lot of stress on an expecting mom, so watch for signs of early labor, especially if you are in your final months.
- Stay informed by paying close attention to all local news and weather advisories. Take head to necessary warnings and enact your plan when the time comes.
If you evacuate:
- Have a paper copy of all medical documents, including prenatal care, immunizations and medications.
- Immediately notify necessary personnel at shelters that you are pregnant and gather information regarding local hospitals in the area.
- Contact hospitals in the area and ask about their COVID-19 policies.
If you’re close to your due date:
- Get a copy of your records from your physician.
- Add the following items to your hospital bag:
- Extra clothes
- Closed-Toe Shoes
- Prenatal Vitamins
- Baby Supplies:
- Ready-to-Feed Formula if planning to formula feed.
For more information visit the CDC’s Website.