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  • Toys R Us & Babies R Us South Africa say they have implemented exclusive “Preggie Hour” for expectant mothers amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. 
  • “Preggie Hour” will be carried out every Monday and Thursday morning from 08:30 to 09:30. 
  • Given that the virus is still new, little is known about its impact on pregnant women. However, at this point, experts think that pregnant women are just as likely, or possibly more likely, than the general public to develop symptoms, says Harvard Medical School. 
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Toys R Us and Babies R Us have implemented an exclusive “Preggie Hour” for expectant mothers amid the novel coronavirus outbreak across all their stores in South Africa. 

The store said it recognises the need for pregnant woman to shop comfortably in less crowded spaces. 

“We want to give expectant moms and their partners peace of mind that they are in safe hands when shopping with us,” said Catherine Jacoby, marketing manager at Toys R Us & Babies R Us South Africa. 

Preggie Hour will be carried out every Monday and Thursday morning from 08:30 to 09:30. 

“We have dedicated this time specifically for our expectant moms-to-be, affording them the opportunity to purchase items they need and want at the beginning of the day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods,” said Jacoby. 

In addition, should moms-to-be still be busy shopping slightly beyond the hour, stores will ensure that that doors remain closed until she is done. 

Other customers are encouraged to plan their shopping trips around this window period to give them a chance to shop before stores open fully to the public. 

Should you wish to forgo going instore, Toys R Us said it would be offering free delivery for transactions over R500 from 20 to 30 March 2020 from its online store. You could also make use of their online “Click & Collect Delivery to your Car” service, whereby customers can receive a WhatsApp message from select stores once your order is ready.

Pregnancy health risks

Given that the virus is still new, little is known about its impact on pregnant women. However, at this point, experts think that pregnant women are just as likely, or possibly more likely, than the general public to develop symptoms if infected with the new coronavirus, says the Harvard Medical School

The Unites Sates Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says there does not appear to be any increased risk of miscarriage or other complications such as foetal malformations for pregnant women who are infected with Covid-19. Harvard cites a recent review published in the Lancet that looked at nine pregnant women who were infected with Covid-19 and had symptoms. 

Compiled by Jay Caboz

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