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May 11, 2020
Are you extremely anxious about being pregnant during the pandemic?
It is important to remember that it is perfectly normal to be anxious during these uncertain times. However, it is the best time to rest and eat well. Practicing some prenatal yoga might even bring your mind some much needed rest.
For the good health of you and your baby, it is crucial that you maintain both your physical as well as mental well being. Therefore, it is encouraged that you take out the time to participate in regular activities and hobbies.
However, if your anxiety is becoming unmanageable, and you wish to speak to some heath care experts, you can seek help on several helplines.
Does being pregnant automatically put you at a higher risk of contracting the virus?
Being pregnant does not put you at a higher risk for contracting the virus. Up till now, no new information has come to light that would make you think otherwise. It is difficult time for everyone, especially expecting mothers.
Here are some precautions you can take:
Is it safe to continue prenatal check ups? Should you visit your doctor?
It is natural to be fearful of stepping outside the house for appointments. More responsible clinics are limiting how many pregnant women can be in the clinic at the same time by limiting appointments. Moreover, for those that have low risk pregnancies, the doctors are choosing to hold appointments via video call. Only in terms of high risk pregnancies or any complications are doctors entertaining seeing the patients in person for physical examinations due to OPDs being closed at the moment.
Does becoming ill with COVID-19 increase risk of miscarriage or other complications?
Even though there Coronavirus is still a fairly new virus and the research is still ongoing, but there has not been any documented increase in risk of miscarriage or fetal malformations in pregnant women who have contracted the virus.
Based on data from other viruses such as SARS and MERS, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists notes that pregnant women who get COVID-19 may have a higher risk for some complications, such as preterm birth. However, this data is extremely limited, and the infection may not be the direct cause of preterm birth.
What are the chances of you passing on the virus to your unborn or newborn child?
It is important to remember that there are still limited cases that have reported which are not enough to come to a conclusion. However, most of the pregnant women who contracted the virus in the case reports shown below had COVID-19 during the third trimester of pregnancy.
When should I get tested for the virus?
It is advised to only get tested when you have developed symptoms due to the shortage of testing kits.
What will happen if I test positive for Coronavirus?
If you test positive for it - you'll have to go into self isolation for 14 days before getting retested. And once you're in the clear, you can come out of isolation. And it is best to maintain direct communication with your obstetrician in the light of any such developments. However, if you feel like your symptoms are worsening, it is best to seek immediate medical help and rush to the nearest hospital while keeping your obstetrician in the loop.
Will my baby be tested for COVID-19?
Yes, if you have suspected or confirmed COVID–19 at the time your baby is born, your baby will be tested for coronavirus.
Can I breastfeed my baby if I have contracted the virus?
There is no evidence that suggests that you cannot breastfeed your child if you choose to do so, even if you have been tested with COVID-19. However, there are some precautions that you can follow to keep your baby safe:
Is C-section prescribed for women who have contracted the virus?
No. According to the WHO, Cesarean sections should only be performed when medically advised. There is no evidence that would suggest that normal births are less safe than c-sections during the pandemic. The two do not have a link at this point.
Can your husband or family member be nearby when you give birth?
It might be a difficult time, but remember to still find the little joys in life. Now more than ever is the time to focus on yourself, and do little things that can help you relax; like stretching exercises, breathing exercises and giving your obstetrician a call if you need to. Eat well, drink well, put your hands on your belly, feel your unborn child and enjoy being pregnant.
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