Tips for Shifting Your Baby from Two Naps to One

Most people would agree that caring for little ones throughout the pandemic has been challenging and not at all what most of us are used to. While focusing so intently on how to keep your family safe, it’s easy to let other important things fall to the back burner of your mind, like sleep schedules. If you have a toddler at home, you may have been wondering when to shift them from two naps a day to one.

Napping

Most toddlers transition from two naps a day to one when they’re between one- and two-years-old. Around this time, they’ll probably start sleeping through the night more solidly than when they were an infant, and they may not need quite as much sleep during the day.

As you look to make the transition, keep an eye out for some clear signs that let you know it’s time: your toddler may start to resist naps or become moody when you put them down for a nap, they might take longer to drift off when you put them down for a nap, they might wake up early from their naps, or they might make it through the day just fine even when something gets in the way of their second nap.

That said, even if the signs are all clear, it can still be a tricky transition. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Every child is different.
Just because your child is a certain age doesn’t mean you need to phase them into a one-nap-a-day schedule. If your toddler doesn’t seem to be adjusting into a new napping schedule with ease, consider holding off for a month or so before trying again.

This transition will take time.
Switching to one nap a day most likely isn’t going to happen overnight. Some days may be a one-nap day and some days may be a two-nap day. One tip is to keep the transition gradual by pushing the morning nap a bit later each day until you can completely remove it and replace it with just one nap in the afternoon.

The afternoon nap may be longer than it used to be.
After removing the morning nap, your toddler may be extra tired by the time nap time rolls around. This means they will probably take a longer afternoon nap than you’re used to. Many people also shift the afternoon nap a bit earlier, such as right after lunch.

If you would like to meet with a knowledgeable doctor, consider contacting Arizona OB/GYN Affiliates (AOA) at 602-343-6174 or visit www.aoafamily.com. We have offices in Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Casa Grande, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Chandler.

Date Night Ideas in the Time of Coronavirus

Times are a bit different these days and while you may not be comfortable having a baby-sitter in your home or dining at a local restaurant, this doesn’t mean you’re not in need of a date night. So, what exactly is one to do?

Date Night

Here are some ideas to consider:

Take a virtual cooking class together.
You can take a cooking class with a bit of help from YouTube, a cooking school, or an online cooking personality. Search around online for a virtual cooking class that looks like a good fit, make sure you have all the ingredients you need, and get cooking. This is a great way to “escape” without actually going anywhere—plus, you’ll have a delicious meal to eat when you’re finished.

Hold your own wine or beer tasting.
Just because you won’t be spending the afternoon at a local brewery or winery doesn’t mean you can’t bring the brewery or winery home to you. Order different varieties of beer or wine from a local retailer, pull out some flight glasses (any glasses will work as a substitute), and get tasting! Take your tasting up a notch by jotting down some notes—then you can compare styles and have an idea of what you like next time you’re looking to make a wine or beer purchase.

Bring your favorite restaurant home.
Throw on some of your finest clothes, buy a fancy bottle of wine, light some candles, and order takeout from a local restaurant you love.

Head to the spa without leaving the house.
At-home spa? Yes, please. Set up a home spa where you can give each other massages, do a foot soak together, and maybe even a little DIY face mask action. Search Google and Pinterest for some creative ideas.

Have a picnic.
Pull out that picnic blanket you’ve been itching to use for months, compile a dazzling spread of snacks, get your favorite beverages ready, and settle down in the backyard or on the living room floor for a picnic.

Plan a trip.
Grab your favorite drinks from the fridge and let the adventure wheels spin as you plan a trip or two you’d love to set out on once coronavirus restrictions lift. Take notes so you can think about putting those plans into action when we’re able to travel again.

We hope you’ll have fun with these date night ideas—we love to see you healthy and happy in your relationship.

If you would like to meet with a knowledgeable doctor, consider contacting Arizona OB/GYN Affiliates (AOA) at 602-343-6174 or visit www.aoafamily.com. We have offices in Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Casa Grande, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Chandler.

IUDs After Birth: Here’s What You Need to Know

If you’re considering birth control options after giving birth, an intrauterine device, more commonly known as an IUD, is a great option to consider. IUDs are safe to use while breastfeeding, and you don’t need to remember to take a pill at the same time each day as is required with a birth control pill—something many busy and tired new moms will appreciate. Here’s everything you need to know about IUDs as you consider your options.

IUD

What is an IUD?
An IUD is a small device (about the size of a quarter or a bit larger) shaped like a “T” that gets inserted into your uterus in a process that usually takes less than five minutes. You can typically have one put in right after you give birth, or you can have it inserted later at a postpartum appointment.

IUDs come in two varieties—hormonal and copper. A hormonal IUD prevents pregnancy by preventing your ovaries from releasing eggs and by thickening the mucus in your cervical canal so that sperm can’t get through to fertilize an egg. A copper IUD, on the other hand, is wrapped in copper wire that’s toxic to sperm, which prevents sperm from fertilizing the egg.

No matter which variety you choose, IUDs are one of the most effective forms of birth control out there, with an efficacy rate of more than 99%. Put simply, this means you’ll have a less than 1% chance of getting pregnant while using an IUD.

How long does an IUD last?
An IUD isn’t permanent, but it can stay in your body for years without any maintenance required. Some types are effective for up to ten years. If you decide you want to get pregnant again, a healthcare professional can remove the IUD for you and you’ll be able to get pregnant soon after, often right away.

Are there any side effects?
Most people experience a bit of cramping or pain as the IUD is inserted and even into the days or weeks afterwards. For some people, cramps, spotting, and irregular periods may be present for the first three to six months after insertion. With a copper IUD, you may also experience heavier or longer periods and increased cramping during your period. And with a hormonal IUD, you may notice symptoms similar to those present with other forms of hormonal birth control, like headaches and sore breasts—but often these don’t linger beyond the first few months.

In some cases, an IUD may not be a good idea.
IUDs aren’t recommended if you’re pregnant, have certain types of cancer including cervical and uterine, are experiencing vaginal bleeding, had a pelvic infection recently, or if you have an STD. It’s also important to keep in mind that while IUDs are an effective way of preventing pregnancy, they don’t protect you from STDs.

If you would like to meet with a knowledgeable doctor, consider contacting Arizona OB/GYN Affiliates (AOA) at 602-343-6174 or visit www.aoafamily.com. We have offices in Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Casa Grande, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Chandler.

7 Activities to Keep Your Kids Safe and Happy This Summer

School’s out for summer, but this summer break is shaping up to be very different from what you and your kids are used to because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many childcare centers, summer camps, and entertainment venues are closed, leaving a lot of parents feeling stressed over the idea of keeping their kids busy and happy all summer long.

Kid Friendly Summer

Every suggestion in our list below is designed to happen at home or at a local park (while social distancing, of course!). Here are some ideas:

Backyard Camping
Camping in the backyard has become a surprisingly popular activity since the start of the pandemic. Even if local campgrounds are closed because of the pandemic, you can still have fun setting up the tent in your backyard. No sleeping bags? Don’t worry about it—just bring out some blankets and pillows from the house. And of course, be sure not to forget the most important part: s’mores supplies!

Embark on a Summer Reading Challenge
Check with your local library or school district to see if they’re hosting a summer reading challenge. If not, start one yourself, or find one online. For a bit of friendly competition, invite your kids’ friends to participate, too.

Start a Garden
Planting a flower or vegetable garden with the kids is a great way to teach them about the life cycle and environmental sustainability. Plus, you may even help them develop a green thumb that they can use throughout life. One great thing about gardening is that it isn’t a single-day activity—this one will keep you all busy all summer long, as long as you get the kids involved in the whole process, from planning to planting, weeding, harvesting, and beyond.

Lay Out a Blanket for a Picnic
If you feel like you’ve been spending too much time indoors, head out into the backyard or to a local park for a picnic. Ask the kids to help pack supplies or maybe even prepare a snack for the picnic spread.

Hold a Movie Marathon
Set up a fort indoors, prepare some of your favorite snacks, and get cozy for a movie marathon. This one is great for hot afternoons or rainy weekends.

Head Out for a Scavenger Hunt
For a fairly simple activity that doesn’t take much prep work, kids love scavenger hunts. You can even add an educational twist by making the activity nature themed. Start by making a list of natural objects that can be found either in your backyard, your neighborhood, or at a local park or beach. Then print a list for everyone and head out to see what you can find.

Tip: For little kids, consider making your scavenger hunt color themed, where you ask your little ones to find an object to match each color of the rainbow.

Have a Dance Party
Most kids love dancing, especially when they see their parents getting involved. Whether you’re all dancing it out to an upbeat playlist or learning a dance routine that you’ve found online, this is an excellent way to get some exercise while having fun together. Don’t forget to film some of your best moves to share with friends.

Staying Safe
Safety is important all the time, but especially these days. If you’re heading to a public space for any of these activities, make sure to bring some hand sanitizer, wear masks, and follow social distancing guidelines. Find more safety recommendations from the CDC here.

If you would like to meet with a knowledgeable doctor, consider contacting Arizona OB/GYN Affiliates (AOA) at 602-343-6174 or visit www.aoafamily.com. We have offices in Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Casa Grande, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Chandler.

Leading Baby Names to Consider in 2020

Pregnancy can be difficult in many ways, including the seemingly simple task of settling on a baby name. If you’re planning on using a family name, or if you’ve always thought about using a particular name, you may have an easy time naming your baby. But for others, choosing a name turns out to be a surprisingly challenging and daunting task—there may be stress in knowing that your baby will carry this chosen name for a lifetime, so you want to choose something you’ll all love.

Baby Names

To help all the soon to be parents out there, we’re rounding up some of the most popular baby names in recent years. Here are some favorites across different categories:

Throwbacks to a Different Era
Maybe it’s all the turmoil going on in the world these days, but this year a lot of people are going for vintage-inspired baby names. Among other names that harken back to another time, you can expect to see:

Female: Alice, Margaret, Hazel, Catherine, Pearl, Opal, Violet, Gladys, Adele, Darlene, Diana, Annabelle, Greta, Glenda, Betsy, Judith, Leona, Olive, Ophelia, Ruth, Harriet, and Eve.

Male: Bernard, Leonard, Alexander, Calvin, Hugh, Theodore, Walter, Joe, Owen, James, Henry, Jeremiah, Everett, Silas, Sebastian, Frank, Alfred, Walter, Clarence, and Louis.

Top Favorites in Recent Years
The Social Security Administration is holding off on releasing its list of the most popular names in 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but here are the leading names that were trending in 2018:

Female: Emma, Olivia, Ava, Isabella, Sophia, Charlotte, Mia, Amelia, Harper, and Evelyn.

Male: Liam, Noah, William, James, Oliver, Benjamin, Elijah, Lucas, Mason, and Logan.

Gender Neutral
Up until the mid 1980’s, less than 10% of babies were given gender neutral names, but these names are growing in popularity as increasing numbers of parents seek out an option that doesn’t tie their baby to one gender or another. Here are some of the most popular:

Willie, Kelly, Terry, Jordan, Taylor, Alexis, Leslie, Logan, Jamie, Shannon, Shawn, Robin, Angel, Francis, Tracy, Cameron, Dale, Lee, Courtney, and Jessie.

Arizona’s Leading Names
With many similarities to the most popular names across the United States, here are the leading baby names in Arizona in 2018, starting with the most popular. Check out the whole list to find out what other names rounded out the top 100.

Female: Emma, Olivia, Mia, Isabella, Sophia, Mila, Camila, Charlotte, Amelia, Evelyn, Emily, Luna, Ava, Victoria, Penelope, Abigail, Harper, Sofia, Aria, Elizabeth.

Male: Liam, Noah, Sebastian, Benjamin, Oliver, Mateo, Alexander, Daniel, Elijah, Julian, Ethan, James, Michael, Mason, Jacob, Logan, Santiago, David, Adrian, Angel.

If you would like to meet with a knowledgeable doctor, consider contacting Arizona OB/GYN Affiliates (AOA) at 602-343-6174 or visit www.aoafamily.com. We have offices in Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Casa Grande, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Chandler.

Hormones: The Headache Trigger You May Not Know About

Headaches are the worst, especially when they seem to strike out of nowhere and last for hours. A throbbing headache can make it hard to work, concentrate, exercise, engage in hobbies, complete fairly simple tasks, and spend time with the ones you love. While headaches can have many causes, a big one people sometimes don’t know about is hormones.

Hormones and Headaches

You may already know that estrogen is a hormone that plays a large role in the female reproductive system. Interestingly, changing estrogen levels can set off headaches—this is particularly common when estrogen levels drop. Estrogen levels can change for many reasons, including pregnancy, varying phases of your menstrual cycle, menopause, lactation, hysterectomy, and when you’re taking oral contraceptives. In any of these situations, a hormonal headache can occur.

Treating Hormonal Headaches
Doctors use a number of different treatments to address headaches that are caused by changing hormone levels. If your headaches are related to your menstrual cycle, your doctor may prescribe medication that can stop your menstrual cycle or reduce your pain, or they may suggest you take oral contraceptives in attempt to reduce the severity or frequency of your headaches (though sometimes oral contraceptives can contribute to hormonal headaches or make them worse). Some commonly prescribed medications and supplements include:

  • Triptans: Often used to treat migraines, triptans calm overactive pain nerves and block pain signals in the brain. They don’t prevent headaches but can be used to address pain fairly quickly when headaches arise.
  • Pain relievers (NSAIDS): Ibuprofen and other over-the-counter pain medications relieve pain for many who are suffering from headaches.
  • NSAID / Triptan combination medications: These combine non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and triptans into one medication and are often prescribed for women who experience menstrual-related migraines.
  • Magnesium supplements: Some women find relief from menstrual headaches by taking magnesium supplements from the 15th day of their cycle until menstruation begins.

Medication and supplements aren’t your only option for treating hormone-related headaches. Other methods include biofeedback therapy, relaxation and breathing exercises, ice packs on your head or neck, massage, and acupuncture. Lifestyle changes can also be helpful. This would include limiting alcohol and caffeine consumption, minimizing stress, increasing hydration so you’re drinking at least 1.5 to 2 liters of water each day, and getting a healthy amount of sleep and rest each day.

If you would like to meet with a knowledgeable doctor, consider contacting Arizona OB/GYN Affiliates (AOA) at 602-343-6174 or visit www.aoafamily.com. We have offices in Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Casa Grande, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Chandler.

Births Are Falling in the U.S.

Women aren’t having as many children as they used to. The number of births in the US has been falling about 1% each year for the past five years and recently reached the lowest birth rate in 35 years, CDC statistics revealed. Some speculate that the coronavirus pandemic might even further this trend.

US Birth Rates Falling

Wondering why the birth rate is falling these days?

The reasons vary, but here are a few possibilities:

  • The birth rate for teenagers dropped 5% in 2019. Overall, the birth rate among teenagers has dropped 60% since 2007 and 73% since 1991.
  • Women seem to be waiting longer to have children. The birth rate among women in their early 40s rose 2% in 2019, but dropped for almost all age groups of women under 35.
  • Many women are choosing to have fewer children than in the past, or none at all. This is frequently driven by concerns over money, the high costs of childcare and insurance, political turmoil, lack of solid parental leave policies, and the overall outlook for the future.

Will the coronavirus outbreak have any impact on birth rate in the US?
There’s been a lot of joking over the past few months that with all this time at home, we’re bound to see a baby boom in the coming year. But experts say this isn’t likely. It’s easy to see why when you take a closer look at the situation. Many people have lost their jobs, and others have kept their jobs but are still concerned about money and job security. These fears and concerns may keep some people from adding to their family.

The pandemic has created numerous challenges for pregnant women in terms of physical and mental health, too. In some outbreak hotspots, hospital systems were strained with high numbers of COVID-19 patients and were consistently revising policies around childbirth. For a short period of time, women at some New York City hospitals had to give birth without the support of a loved one due to strict hospital restrictions. Anxious about these policies and worried about the possibility of COVID-19 transmission in hospitals, some women are considering giving birth at home or deciding not to get pregnant right now. Additionally, some women have struggled to receive infertility care when medical practices were forced to close down for social distancing.

The coronavirus pandemic is a substantial concern and should not be ignored, but it doesn’t need to stand in the way of having a child. If you’re feeling stressed or confused by the multitude of ways the coronavirus is affecting our lives, or have any questions or concerns about childbirth, consider speaking with a healthcare professional who can answer your questions and provide support.

If you would like to meet with a knowledgeable doctor, consider contacting Arizona OB/GYN Affiliates (AOA) at 602-343-6174 or visit www.aoafamily.com. We have offices in Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Casa Grande, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Chandler.

Everything You Need to Know About Miscarriage

Having a healthy pregnancy is top of mind for most women who become pregnant, and the thought of having a miscarriage can be scary and overwhelming. Unfortunately, miscarriage is more common than some people realize, and can affect somewhere around one in ten women, or more.

Miscarriage

If you are pregnant, it’s important to understand what a miscarriage is, why it happens, and what can increase your risk. Here’s what you need to know:

What is a miscarriage?
Miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy due to natural causes during the first twenty weeks of pregnancy. Many miscarriages happen when the fetus has trouble developing normally. You may hear your doctor refer to miscarriage as “spontaneous abortion,” as this is the proper medical term.

Is miscarriage common?
Up to 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, though the exact statistics can vary depending what source you reference. It’s important to understand that most miscarriages take place early in a pregnancy. Nearly 80% occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and many times, the miscarriage can occur before a woman even realizes she is pregnant.

What are some of the signs of a miscarriage?
Some of the most common signs of a miscarriage include abdominal pain or cramping, vaginal spotting or bleeding, back pain, weight loss, feeling light-headed, and tissue or fluid passing from the vagina. Keep in mind that vaginal spotting is common in the first trimester—if you happen to notice spotting in the early months of your pregnancy, this doesn’t mean you are experiencing a miscarriage. That said, it’s still important to get in touch with your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

This is especially true if you notice that tissue is being passed from your vagina. If this happens, Mayo Clinic recommends storing it in a clean container and bringing it to the hospital or your doctor so they can take a closer look.

Why does a miscarriage happen?
A miscarriage can happen for many different reasons. Some of the most common causes include an abnormally shaped womb, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a weak cervix that opens too early in the pregnancy, problems with placenta development, and when the fertilized egg doesn’t have the correct number of chromosomes.

Some factors put women at a higher risk of a miscarriage.

Here are some of the most common:

  • Age: After age 35, women are at a higher risk of miscarriage. At age 40 the risk is somewhere around 40%, and by age 45 the risk rises steeply to 80%.
  • Chronic conditions: If you have uncontrolled diabetes, kidney disease, or another chronic condition, you may be at a higher risk of miscarriage. It’s important to speak with your doctor about pregnancy-related risks if you suffer from any chronic conditions.
  • Cervical problems: If you suffer from an incompetent cervix (also known as a weakened cervix) or another uterine or cervical problem, you might be at higher risk of miscarriage.
  • Drug and alcohol use and smoking: All of these behaviors can increase your risk of miscarriage.
  • A history of miscarriage: If you’ve had more than one consecutive miscarriage in the past, you’re at higher risk of miscarriage.
  • Weight: If you’re underweight or overweight, you may be at a higher risk for miscarriage.

The impact of a miscarriage isn’t just physical.
Many women experience grief and sadness following a miscarriage, and this is completely normal. Following a miscarriage, many women have reported feeling shame, guilt, loneliness, as if they had done something wrong, or as if they had lost a child. If you think it would be helpful to speak with someone about what you’re experiencing but you don’t already have a mental health expert you can see, ask your doctor if they can refer you to someone they trust.

If you would like to meet with a knowledgeable doctor, consider contacting Arizona OB/GYN Affiliates (AOA) at 602-343-6174 or visit www.aoafamily.com. We have offices in Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Casa Grande, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Chandler.

Here’s What You Need to Know About Low Sex Drive

Maybe you’re suddenly experiencing a lack of interest in sex, or maybe you’ve never had that strong of a sex drive. Either way, experiencing low or fluctuating libido can be confusing and may even make you feel like something is wrong. Sex drive varies greatly among women, but if you experience limited or no sexual desire for six months or more, you could be experiencing a form of sexual dysfunction called hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or HSDD.

Low Libido

Here’s what you need to know about low sex drive:

What are the signs of a low libido?

  • You rarely or never have sexual thoughts or fantasies.
  • You have no interest in sex, masturbation, or other sexual activities.
  • You worry about your lack of sexual fantasies and activity.
  • You don’t feel a strong interest in initiating sex.
  • You have trouble experiencing pleasure from sex.

What are some reasons you may experience low sex drive?
Many different factors can affect your sex drive. Here are some to be aware of:

  • Medication: Oral contraceptives (birth control pills), antidepressants, and other medications carry a risk of side effects, including low libido.
  • Relationship challenges: If you’re unhappy and experiencing relationship challenges, you may not feel as drawn to sex as you once were. The reasons can vary greatly, from not connecting emotionally with your partner to the stress of caring for a new child.
  • Low estrogen: As you age and reach your menopausal years, your estrogen levels may fall— this can contribute to a low sex drive as well as vaginal dryness that can make sex painful and uncomfortable.
  • Pregnancy-related hormone changes: Your hormone levels change during pregnancy and after you give birth. These changes, along with the stress of caring for a new baby, can sometimes lower your libido.
  • Medical problems including depression, thyroid disorders, endometriosis, and fibroids can all play a role in lowering your sexual desire.
  • Stress: If you’re experiencing a lot of stress in your work life or home life, you may experience low libido.
  • Mental health problems: Poor body image, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, a history of sexual abuse, and other psychological conditions can all affect your sex drive.

Is there any way to treat low libido?
There are many ways to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder, and the treatment that’s most effective will almost always vary from person to person depending on the reason why you’re experiencing low libido. For example, if your condition is related to stress, your physician will look for ways to help you reduce stress in your life. If your low sex drive is related to anxiety or depression, speaking to a counselor or getting regular exercise may help. Other ways to treat HSDD include Kegel exercises, masturbating, speaking with your partner about your desires and what is pleasing to you sexually, or taking medication.

Should I see a doctor if I’m experiencing low sex drive?
If you’re unhappy or concerned about your lack of sexual desire, it can be helpful to see your doctor or a therapist. Trained professionals are skilled at helping you address and work through low libido, whether this involves changing your medication, lowering your stress levels, or something else.

If you would like to meet with a knowledgeable doctor, consider contacting Arizona OB/GYN Affiliates (AOA) at 602-343-6174 or visit www.aoafamily.com. We have offices in Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Casa Grande, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Chandler.

The Stay-At-Home Order Was Lifted: Is It Safe to See Friends and Family?

Stay at home orders have started to lift across many regions, leaving people wondering—is it safe to see friends and family now? We know everyone is eager to see their loved ones, but it’s important to remember that it’s still risky to see people, even if you’re healthy and no longer being asked to stay home.

Once a vaccine becomes available this will become less complicated, but until then, seeing people won’t be without risk. For now, the best way to stay healthy is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The novel coronavirus is transmitted through small respiratory droplets when we come into contact with others who are infected, so there will always be a risk of transmission when you spend time with someone.

That said, there are some factors to keep in mind to stay safe if you do start to see people. Here’s what you need to know:

Remember that some people are at higher risk for COVID-19 complications
People with compromised immune systems and people above age 65 are at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, so it’s important to be very cautious about seeing people from these groups, as well as people with other health conditions. Consider having a conversation with your loved ones to involve them in your decision and see how they feel.

If you want to see someone from one of these groups but don’t live with them, rather than meeting in-person, a phone call or video chat may be a better option for now. If you do live with someone who’s at higher risk of COVID-19, take extra precautions like washing your hands frequently and not inviting guests into your home if you don’t have to—especially if your family member at risk is not comfortable with it.

Consider seeing people outdoors
We still have a lot to learn about the novel coronavirus, but early research findings show that the virus is more likely to spread in indoor settings than outdoors. With this in mind, it may be safer to see friends and families in a park, backyard, or another outdoor setting rather than meeting in someone’s home or in a restaurant. But remember that the disease can still be transmitted, even outside, so it’s still important to wear a mask, keep a safe distance (at least 6 feet), wash your hands frequently, and follow other recommendations from health officials.

Large gatherings aren’t a good idea just yet
The novel coronavirus is highly contagious, so the more people you are around, the higher the risk of virus transmission. Some people could have the virus even if they’re not showing any symptoms, so with any large gathering there’s always the chance of a lot of people getting sick. Instead of putting yourself and others at such a risk, stick with smaller gatherings for now.

If you would like to meet with a knowledgeable doctor, consider contacting Arizona OB/GYN Affiliates (AOA) at 602-343-6174 or visit www.aoafamily.com. We have offices in Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Casa Grande, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Chandler.