The COVID-19 disease has undoubtedly caused serious harm not only to our physical health but also emotional and mental wellbeing. In this situation, if you’re a pregnant woman it becomes important for you to stay informed and follow credible precautions to prevent getting infected by Coronavirus.
In this blog, we have covered everything you need to know about Pregnancy during Corona be it breastfeeding, baby’s health, precautions for corona positive pregnant women, and aftercare advice.
So, here goes a list of answers to all your FAQs for pregnancy during Coronavirus.
I am pregnant. What can I do to protect myself from Coronavirus?
If you’re a pregnant woman it is but obvious that you would be anxious about the Covid-19 pandemic. But it is in our best interest not to take any kind of emotional or physical stress for you and the baby to lead a healthy pregnancy.
Even WHO has provided with the details on all the myth busters of COVID-19 you need to study and feel relaxed. It is recommended to keep proper hygiene and sufficient care to avoid any kind of infection.
You can still be extra careful to protect yourself and feel better during pregnancy with the following steps:
Reduce unnecessary outings for shopping, dining out, travel, and stay home. Prefer home delivery of grocery supplies and other daily items if possible. If not, you can move out when there are fewer people at a place.
Prefer video consultations with your doctor if you’re in your early pregnancy stage unless emergencies.
Always be alert on the pregnancy warning signs and emergencies like bleeding, abdominal pain, or watery discharges and visit the nearest hospital.
The virus is spread mainly due to respiratory droplets from one individual to another. Hence, it is advisable to maintain social distancing (at least 2 meters) and avoid unnecessary public gatherings at social events, family functions, and parties.
Even if you’re visiting a gynecologist or hospital for prenatal testing or scans, carry a self-protection kit including sanitizer hand rub, gloves, disinfectant spray, wipes, wear a surgical mask, and ensure your safety.
Make sure you keep yourself entertained and take optimum care of your mental health. Unless there is a lockdown situation in your area, you can have a stroll around the streets given all the precautions.
Follow the most general yet essential guideline of washing your hands for at least 20 seconds before eating, after using the washrooms, blowing your nose, sneezing, or coughing.
The more you feel emotionally depressed or in a state of panic, it increases the chances of weakening your immune system. So, don’t be apprehensive about anything and spend the time that makes you happy within.
A working woman can ask the company or organization to allow you to work from home (WFH), if possible. This way you will save yourself from unnecessary social engagement and cut the hassle on commuting to your workplace.
Meanwhile, you can keep in touch with your friends and family with video calls and online hangouts to not feel lonely and bored. It doesn’t normalize the situation but you can sense that you are surrounded by people for love and support.
Symptoms like high fever, dry coughing, and tiredness might be suspected of as symptoms of Corona. Don’t hesitate to get yourself tested. Always distance yourself from people with similar symptoms.
What are the effects of COVID-19 on a Pregnant Woman? Can it harm the baby or newborn?
Since the virus is new there are no strict recommendations by the healthcare administration and government on curing the Corona disease. Moreover, the medical analysis and reports state that pregnant women are at no serious risk compared to other individuals.
If you’re tested positive for COVID-19 you will be home quarantined and kept under observation for the symptom development and given prescribed treatment.
Meanwhile, if the symptoms worsen you shall seek medical care and consult your maternity team to discuss your pregnancy concerns and baby’s health.
Can Corona harm the placenta during pregnancy or the newborn?
Well, it is difficult to quote anything in particular with limited information coming out. There is no study as such causing damage or abnormalities in the placenta due to COVID-19. So, you can be relaxed about it. Further, there is no data collection from the previous corona patients’ history of vertical transmission of the Coronavirus from the mother to the womb.
There are only a few cases out of many pregnant women Corona cases where newborn babies are found to be Corona positive. So there can be fewer chances where you can pass it to your baby during the birthing process or after birth due to close contact. The good news is most newborns who test positive are likely to recover.
Having said that, no substantial evidence suggests that the disease can spread during the lactation process, and hence breastfeeding is totally safe, followed by preventing measures.
If I tested Corona positive during pregnancy, what are the aftercare steps to be taken?
Always follow the safety measures as advised by your medical or maternity team.
Always clean your breast before and after breastfeeding the baby.
Properly cover your mouth and nose with a medical mask so that there is not a risk of droplets transmission to the baby while you’re breathing, sneezing, or coughing.
If you don’t feel comfortable breastfeeding due to the infection, you might want to express the milk and store it for the baby to be fed later by one of your family members.
Maintain good hygiene practice and sanitize your hands before touching the baby.
Take good care of yourself and your baby’s health. If possible, make sure to have minimal exposure among the family members.
Breastfeed your baby within 1 hour of birth to protect your baby from infection. Make sure you follow all the preventive measures and have a healthy diet supply to boost up your immunity. It is safe to go by your doctor’s recommendations as they know you and your baby’s health concerns better.
There are no such cases in the past where it might affect the birthing process of the baby or the planned date. However, if the health of the mother deteriorates then there can be chances to get some professional advice.
No. With very little data available to date, there is no such thing as pregnant women are more unwell or at risk than the general population at large. Pregnant ladies with diabetic or lung-related disorders might be prone to critical or severe infections.