Pregnancy can be one of the most beautiful, but drastic changes a woman can go through. The excitement and trepidation of a new experience can seem overwhelming. This Disaster First Aid Guide for Pregnant Women, is designed to help you prepare for the unexpected and safeguard you and your baby in this wonderful venture.
In case of an emergency delivery:
It will be helpful to have the following items handy in case an emergency occurs and you need to act fast. Women all around the world have had successful deliveries with the most basic of items at hand. Remember, the human body is designed to undergo this process in the most natural of ways, but using the tools we have available we can ensure the greatest rate of health for both the mother and the baby.
Remain Calm- In case of an emergency or a disaster of any kind it will be vital to remain calm and keep a clear head. Although any emergency can be overwhelming, particularly now that you are pregnant; it is important to try and remain calm. Your body is already undergoing a major biological process and you will be helping your body focus on the matter at hand, which is a safe delivery.
Ice- In case of inflammation or swelling, ice is a powerful agent. Ice can also be beneficial for hydration purposes. Women having strong contractions and close to delivery are not advised to eat or drink anything. However, munching on ice chips is encouraged.
Watch, Paper and Pen – as trivial as this item may seem, it may prove pivotal in determining when the baby will arrive and if emergency action must be taken. A watch will be needed to time any particular event. If the water breaks before contractions begin, time is of the essence. The first thing you will be asked at the hospital will be the time, amount, odor, and color at the time of the event. Pen, paper or any recording device will give doctors and nurses vital information they need to ensure proper care is given. Contractions should be recorded and timed as best as possible. Recording each contraction will serve to determine the length and frequency, therefore foreseeing the possible timing of delivery.
Warm water and clean towels- Once born, babies come protected in a vast amount of fluids and liquids that make them slippery and wet. Having clean towels and warm water handy will ensure the safe handling of the baby and the opportunity to wipe off excess fluid from the newborn’s eyes, nose and mouth. Both items will also contribute in keeping the baby warm and bundled.
Be prepared- Obtain copies of your medical records and important telephone numbers in case you need to relocate. Have a plan of evacuation prior to a disaster with your partner, that way you will know where to go if a disaster strikes. Having stored food, water and fuel will increase your chance of survival in case of a disaster.
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