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Feeling stressed during a high-risk pregnancy is completely understandable. You’re worried for your baby, yourself and your family. Additionally, loss of income due to bed rest (if required), limited physical activity and limited social support, especially of you are confined to a hospital bed, all contribute to increased stress levels.
“I hadn’t had a cold in years, but when I was pregnant, I got a terrible one that lasted two weeks,” says Shannon M. Clark, M.D., an OB/GYN at UTMB Health in Galveston, Texas. “Growing a human inside of you takes a lot of your body’s energy, so it’s harder for you to kick a cold.”
A birth doula can provide much needed emotional support as someone the woman has come to know over the course of several weeks or months, as well as guidance to help her get through the challenging parts of labor and birth. The doctor, typically the woman’s obstetrician, plays more of a clinical role, but can also be very encouraging and supportive emotionally.
Although there have been cases of Zika reported in the United States, these cases were acquired abroad. Transmission of Zika in the United States is likely to occur, however, there is no clear estimate of the amount of cases expected.