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Hurricane Season Tips for Pregnant Women

Hurricane Season Tips for Pregnant Women

Written by SMH Mother-Baby Nurse Sheera Thomas

Another hurricane season is under way, and that means it's {past} time to have your severe weather plans in place and emergency kits stocked. For expecting parents, storm season preparedness should include adding pregnancy must-haves to your emergency kit and identifying an appropriate shelter.

Being pregnant during hurricane season can add a lot of stress — stress that's worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Being prepared well ahead of a storm threat can certainly help minimze that stress and worry. 

It’s critical to have an emergency kit and a plan in place well before a storm is headed our way. As we've learned during past hurricanes, supplies become scarce as a storm approaches, so it’s best not to wait until the last minute to prepare — particularly if you’re pregnant or will have an infant to care for.
 

Dos & Don’ts 

Emergency Kit Supplies

All families should stock up on standard hurricane supplies early (… like now). I personally, will be stocking up before all the shelves are bare: disposable face masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, flashlights, batteries, a cooler, bug spray (DEET-free for pregnant women and infants), first-aid items, non-perishable foods and water.  

The American Public Health Association (APHA) also suggests a pregnant woman should include the following in her emergency kit: 
 
  • Nutritious, shelf-stable foods like nuts, dried fruits and protein bars
  • Prenatal vitamins and other medications
  • Extra bottled water
  • Emergency birth supplies: clean towels, sharp scissors, an infant bulb syringe, medical gloves, 2 white shoelaces, sheets, sanitary pads and 2 baby blankets

For more great hurricane-prep tips for pregnant women and new moms, we highly recommend visiting the APHA’s website; click here.

SMH Mother-Baby Discharge Facilitator Sheera Thomas, RN, has been an OB nurse for more than 20 years. She is an internationally board-certified lactation consultant, a certified childbirth educator, and—perhaps her most demanding role—a mother of four.

 

*Updated May 2021

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Posted: May 16, 2019,
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