OB/GYN Coronavirus Information
New Hospital Visitor Guidelines
Due to the corona virus, Exeter Hospital has implemented new visitor regulations, which are effective immediately. Since our OB/GYN ofifce is located within the hospital, these regulations will apply to our patients.
NO additional people may attend patient appointments, only the patient can attend.
This means that patients cannot bring their babies and children to their appointments as they normally do, because no one under the age of 18 is allowed in the hospital at this time.
We apologize for any inconvenience that this temporary regulation may cause, but all of these rulings are being implemented in an effort to curtail the spread of the virus, and preserve everyone’s health.
We thank you for your understanding.
Expectant mothers SHOULD keep their regular appointments unless they are experiencing corona virus symptoms, in which case they should call our office for instructions BEFORE coming in.
Thank you for your patience at this time.
COVID 19 Advice for Obstetric Patients
We understand that moms-to-be may be especially concerned about the corona virus. Neither the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) nor the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have put out specific guidelines for pregnant women at this time. The virus does not appear to harm the fetus, nor does it seem to pass from mother to fetus.
Pregnant women who are otherwise healthy and have no underlying conditions should be at no greater risk for contracting the virus than anyone else. They should take all CDC precautions, such as avoiding social gatherings, engaging in frequent handwashing, avoiding people who are sick, and so on.
Pregnant women who have respiratory conditions such as asthma, should take extra precautions as those with respiratory conditions are more vulnerable to developing more serious side effects from the virus, should they become infected.
If you are pregnant and believe you have been exposed to the virus, or have developed symptoms, contact your primary care provider to arrange for testing and treatment.
Support Your Immune System
It is always good to take steps to support your body’s immune system. Here are some tips:
- Get your rest. Sleep is when your body takes care of itself. Getting a good seven or eight hours is key to boosting your immune system.
- Drink plenty of healthy fluids. Keeping well-hydrated is important.
- Eat healthy meals with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.
- Get some exercise. Although many gyms are closed, you can still walk outside, or put on some exercise DVDs at home.
- Reduce stress. Clearly, in this uncertain situation, it is hard to avoid being stressed. We are all in uncharted territory. However, stress DOES take a toll on the body, so do what you can to lighten your load. Exercise is a great stress-buster, so is yoga, meditation, or indulging in any activity that you enjoy. Take time to read a book, watch a favorite show, or engage in a craft you like but haven’t previously had time for. Call a friend to catch up. Being social is still important even from a distance.
- Stay positive—this too, shall pass.
For the most up to date information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”) Please visit the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) or the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.
CDC – Share Facts About COVID-19
CDC – View Videos on the Coronavirus Disease 2019
NH Division of Public Health Services – Coronavirus Disease 2019 Self-Quarantine Guide
NH Division of Public Health Services – Coronavirus Disease 2019 Self-Observation Guide