Nursing Care for Pregnant Women During a Disaster

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        During disaster situations, pregnant women are among the most vulnerable groups that need special care. Disasters can adversely affect the physical and mental health of pregnant women, including preterm labor and intrauterine growth retardation, particularly when they have to evacuate to a public shelter. Thus, nurses should provide appropriate health care for disaster-affected pregnant women, including preparing nutritious food for health promotion, preparing proper sheltering, and providing counseling services to relieve stress.  Moreover, the nurse should play a role in disaster preparedness for pregnant women in all disaster phases: pre-impact, impact and post-impact.


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