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What should I do if I'm pregnant and staying in a shelter after a disaster?

If you are pregnant and staying in a shelter or place other than your home after a disaster, you need to do the following:

  • Tell the staff at the shelter or temporary housing you are pregnant or if you think you might be pregnant.
  • Continue your prenatal care, even if it's with a different provider.
  • Tell the healthcare providers about any special needs or health problems that you have, as well as any medicines you might be taking (both over-the-counter and prescription).
  • Do not take any medicines without consultation with a healthcare provider first.
  • Tell the staff at the shelter if you have young children or elderly family members that have special needs or may require more attention.

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