Whether you are a mom with young children, soon-to-be mom, or first-time mom, we all want to know how to best take care of our children and ourselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately 60,000 women are set to give birth in Canada over the next two months, meaning there are many of us right here in Toronto with similar questions. At InvigoPhysio, we have compiled a list of reliable, and Canadian COVID-19 resources for you and for your family.
If you have questions about prenatal care or postnatal recovery, remember that InvigoPhysio is still here to support you. Our clinic within Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga centre may be closed temporarily, but we can assist you virtually through our secure video platform. It is a great way to make sure you are on track with your rehab progress from the comfort of your home.
Please note: some of the below resources lead to external sites and in no way reflect the opinions of InvigoPhysio. These are suggested resources; however, if you have medical concerns, or are seeking medical advice, we suggest connecting with your medical team or reach out to us for more specific pelvic health and prenatal and postnatal information.
COVID-19 Resources for Toronto Moms (and soon-to-be Moms)
Call if you develop symptoms of suspected COVID-19.
Toronto Public Health Hotline
Call if you have questions about COVID-19.
COVID-19 Fact Sheets from Public Health Ontario:
- Tips on taking care of yourself and each other
- How to properly practice social distancing or physical distancing
- How to wash your hands
What effect does COVID-19 have on pregnant people?
“There is limited scientific information about the impact of COVID-19 on pregnant people and guidance may change as more information becomes available. At the moment, pregnant people do not appear to be at higher risk of infection with COVID-19 than the general population.” – Ontario Midwives
Learn more about pregnancy and delivery in the age of COVID-19 from the Ontario Midwives COVID-19 Clinical FAQ page.
How might COVID-19 affect my pregnancy and birth plan?
“The truth is, because COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus-meaning it’s a new strain-there isn’t a lot of data about its long-term effects…But what they do know is largely good news for moms and babies.”- Melissa Greer, Refinery29 Canada
Learn more in this article by Refinery29 Canada, where leading OB/GYNs and midwives answer all of your top questions about the novel coronavirus and pregnancy.
Nutritional Advice from Dietitians of Canada
Nutrition is an important aspect of both prenatal and postpartum care. As we all navigate new ways to get groceries and nourish our families and loved ones while we social distance, Dietitians of Canada have advice and answers to common questions such as:
- Can COVID-19 be spread by eating or touching raw fruits and vegetables?
- What can I do to support my immune system?
Find more nutritional advice for the general public from Dietitians of Canada.
Should I continue to breastfeed my baby if I have COVID-19 or suspect I have COVID-19?
As of April 7, 2020, the Canadian Paediatric Society advises that new mothers with COVID-19 can still breastfeed their babies.
Exercising and pelvic floor health in the age of COVID-19
We know it can be difficult to stick to your exercise routine even during the best of times. It can be tougher now with all the changes in our routines. However, it is important to keep up with exercising during your pregnancy and postpartum recovery. While these resources below speak to a time before COVID-19 was announced a global pandemic, they are still relevant and can help you with protecting your pelvic health while moving:
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