Here's Everything You Need To Know About Coronavirus And Pregnancy
As if it's not enough that you have pregnancy concerns, you have to think of coronavirus too. But your and baby's health is worth all of it and more.
As you must know, COVID-19 has rapidly spread globally. The World Health Organization recently labelled COVID-19 a pandemic. If you're pregnant, you're probably wondering about the impact of COVID-19 on your health; and the relationship between coronavirus and pregnancy. This article will answer your questions, and hopefully allay your fears, as you prepare to birth your little cutie.
Coronavirus And Pregnancy: Here's Everything To Know
As you might have heard, coronavirus spreads through respiratory droplets sent into the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may also spread when someone touches a surface infected by a person who has the virus.
Because the virus is new, experts know only so much about how it affects pregnancy. Experts say that pregnant women are just as likely, or even more likely, to develop symptoms if they get the coronavirus. Current information suggests symptoms are likely to be mild to moderate; as is true for women (and men) who are not pregnant.
According to the CDC, pregnant women experience changes in their bodies that may increase their risk of some infections. With viruses from the same family as COVID-19, and other viral respiratory infections, such as influenza, women have had a higher risk of developing severe illness. It is always important for you to protect yourself from illnesses if you're pregnant.
Coronavirus And Pregnancy: If You're Infected Can You Pass It On To Your Unborn Baby?
There was a study of nine pregnant women who were infected with COVID-19 and had symptoms. The study showed that none of their babies caught the virus. The virus was not present in amniotic fluid, the babies’ throats, or in breast milk. The risk of passing the infection to the fetus appears to be very low, and there is no evidence of any fetal malformations or effects due to maternal infection with COVID-19.
If you do get coronavirus after your baby comes, there is also no evidence of the virus in breast milk. Because the virus travels through respiratory droplets, you should wash your hands and consider wearing a face mask to minimize your infant's exposure to the virus.
While a baby shower is a joyous and important occasion, public health authorities recommend social distancing to limit the spread of the virus. Particularly in large gatherings, the risk of infection is quite high. It is only right to limit social gatherings at this time. Also, please avoid all travel at this time. Experts are worried that the virus is widespread, and many countries are now shutting their borders.
How To Prevent Coronavirus Infection During Pregnancy
The most important step is to practice excellent hand hygiene by frequently washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
- You should also avoid large gatherings. Social distancing is important to limit the spread of the virus.
- If you have a mild cough or cold, stay at home and limit exposures to other people. This means no church-going or market outings.
- Sneeze and cough into a tissue that you discard immediately, or into your elbow, to avoid making others sick.
- Hydration and adequate rest also are important in maintaining the health of your immune system.
- You should, however, attend prenatal appointments. Be sure to speak with your doctor to work out a convenient arrangement.
- Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus. These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;
- Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible.
- Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this.
- Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs.
- Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
- Use telephone or online services to contact your doctor.