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Living in a conflict zone or negotiating relocation can be incredibly frightening, especially if you’re expecting a baby. Limited access to nutritious food, medical support, and quiet spaces to manage anxiety can compound all the usual worries about whether your baby is doing OK. But know this: Your body will be making your baby its number one priority right now.
“Fetuses can even thrive in environments that aren’t always ideal,” explains Dr. Sara Twogood, an OB-GYN (obstetrician and gynecologist).
“I describe it to my patients as your body shunting energy and nutrients to the placenta and the baby. That’s why you can be in stressful positions or not have access to proper nutrients for a short period of time in your pregnancy, and the baby still grows fine. It’s using the maternal reserves as a way to get what it needs.”
Still, it’s natural to be worried. That’s why we’ve got Dr. Twogood and Dr. Maria Corniero — an OB-GYN who works with Médecins Sans Frontières (aka Doctors Without Borders) — to share their expert advice on handling some of the most common concerns for those pregnant in a crisis zone ...