National Women’s Health Week (NWHW) is a weeklong health observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH). The week May 10-16, 2020 serves as a reminder for women and girls, especially during the outbreak of COVID-19, to make their health a priority and take care of themselves. It is extremely important for all women and girls, especially those with underlying health conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, and women 65 years and older, to take care of your health now.
What steps can I take for better health?
Take care of your body and mind
- Talk to your healthcare provider:
- if you have concerns about COVID-19;
- if you are sick;
- if stress is getting in the way of your daily activities; or,
- if you have a health condition, such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressureor obesity, to develop or maintain a plan to keep it under control.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Get and stay active regularly in your home or outside your home.
- Eat heart-healthy, well-balanced meals and snacks.
- Take care of your mental health, Stay connected with family and friends.
- Find healthy ways to manage stress.
- Practice good sleep habits to improve your mental and physical health, and boost your immune system:
- Follow a routine for going to sleep – be consistent going to bed and getting up – even on weekends.
- Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep.
- Monitor alcohol intake and avoid illicit drugs, including drugs that are not prescribed to you.
- Look out for your lungs
- Try to quit smoking and vaping.
- Smoking weakens your lungs and puts you at a much higher risk of having serious complications.
How can I take these steps?
It’s not always easy to take steps for better health, and every woman has her own approach. The key is to find what works for you. A great way to do that is to reflect on your health goals, what motivates you, and what’s holding you back from being your healthiest you.
Before Your Appointment
If you have cough, congestion, fever, runny nose, or other symptoms suggestive of an illness, we kindly ask you first contact our office before visiting. We can assist you via the telephone and coordinate your next step, whether it be with your PCP or another medical professional. Thank you for your consideration in this matter as we work to keep our staff and patients healthy.
Dr. Neera Bhatia and staff are committed to women’s health and are monitoring the rapidly changing events related to coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information about pregnancy or breastfeeding, contact Dr. Neera Bhatia, your San Antonio OB/GYN today at (210) 222-2694!0