Keeping you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have changed our prenatal visit schedule to limit exposures for you and your family as well as our healthcare workers. In addition, we are making every effort to provide care from a distance when it is safe. Note, you may have more appointments or slightly different types of appointments than those listed below depending on your individual needs.
In-person prenatal care (OB) visits have been spaced out and some visits will be performed by telephone or video. Even when you come to our clinic, the majority of the visit may be performed by telephone or video to limit your exposures.
We recognize that limiting exposures must be balanced with the support and emotional needs that women may have during this time. We do understand the power of physical presence and hope that the telephone or video visit will be enough. If, however, you feel an in person appointment would benefit you, please let us know. We will make an in person visit for you to talk face to face with your provider (although, they will likely be wearing a mask).
Getting ready for your visit
A nurse will review these items with you:
- Your care during pregnancy - English or Spanish
- Managing your healthcare with MyChart
- Domestic violence help
- Healthy You, Healthy Baby brochure - English or Spanish
- Childbirth education and services
- Choose your fish brochure
- WIC Healthy and well fed brochure
- Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
- Oral health during pregnancy - English or Spanish
- Acupuncture during pregnancy
- Breastfeeding support even before you have your baby
- Chiropractic during pregnancy
- Women's health physical therapy - your pelvic health during and after pregnancy or pain you are experiencing, including helpful pelvic health videos
There a lot of things to prepare before the arrival of your baby. This can be both an exciting and anxious time. We've prepared nutrition and mental health resources here to keep you healthy, mind and body.
- Minnesota Department of Health
Nutrition during pregnancy in English, Spanish, and Somali
- United States Department of Agriculture
Tips for pregnant moms
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Nutrition during pregnancy
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition and coronavirus
- Budget Bytes
Delicious recipes for small budgets and emergency preparedness
Tips for managing anxiety, worry, and stress
Three things to help your anxiety
- Limit your sugar, alcohol and caffeine intake. Because anxiety is physiological, stimulants may have a significant impact.
- Check in with your toes. How do they feel? Wiggle them. This kind of refocusing can calm you and break the anxiety loop.
- When you're in the middle of an anxiety episode, talking or thinking about it will not help you. Try to distract yourself with your senses: Listen to music, jump rope for five minutes, or rub a piece of Velcro or velvet.
Remember: Anxiety happens in your mind and your body so trying to think your way out of it won't help.
Three things to help your worries:
- Give yourself a worry budget,” an amount of time in which you allow yourself to worry about a problem. When that time is up (start with 20 minutes), consciously redirect your thoughts.
- When you notice that you're worried about something, push yourself to come up with a next step or to take action.
- Write your worries down. Research has shown that just eight to 10 minutes of writing can help calm obsessive thoughts.
Remember: Worry is helpful only if it leads to change, not if it turns into obsessive thoughts.
Three things to help your stress
- Get exercise. This is a way for your body to recover from the increase of adrenaline and cortisol.
- Get clear on what you can and can't control. Then focus your energy on what you can control and accept what you can't.
- Don't compare your stress with anyone else's stress. Different people respond differently to stressful situations.
Remember: Stress is a biological response that is a normal part of our lives.