2020 has been like no year we have ever experienced before. Just in December, we were writing down our resolutions, making a bucket list, planning out the year, and the next moment, we are all in lockdown. It’s almost like the world has come to a halt.
As scary as it is for all of us, it may be even more nerve-wracking for pregnant women and partners trying to get pregnant. Scared to go out, unsure of the situation and just perplexed on when it will end, might be some of the most experienced emotions of 2020.
It’s only natural to have questions about the coronavirus and what it means for your pregnancy. So, we will answer all your questions.
What Is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a family of virus. 6 types of coronaviruses have been identified as disease-causing in humans. The current pandemic is caused by a kind of coronavirus called the SARS-CoV-2, which causes a respiratory illness called COVID-19.
What Does The Coronavirus Mean For Your Pregnancy?
The novel coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2 is a very new virus. There isn’t enough evidence to say for sure what it means for your pregnancy or baby. This is brand new for everyone, and there isn’t enough data to guide people. We already know that people with pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes, heart problem, lung disease etc. are at a higher risk of getting sicker by the coronavirus. But currently, there isn’t enough data to conclude whether or not a pregnant woman may be at a higher risk of getting sicker too. This does not mean that you are not at risk; right now, everyone is at risk. Like everyone else, you too need to take care of your mind, body, and baby.
Should Pregnant Women Take Extra Precautions?
Generally, pregnant women are immunocompromised and, therefore, at a higher risk of contracting any virus or bacteria. So its best to stay cautious and practice good hand hygiene along with physical distancing as a precaution.
However, a study conducted in Wuhan, China, on pregnant women infected by coronavirus concluded that no traces of virus was found in the amniotic fluid, cord blood or breast milk. Also, the limited number of studies on pregnant women and coronavirus suggests that pregnant women are not more likely to have severe symptoms of COVID-19 than the general population.
What Covid-19 Symptoms Do Pregnant Women Exhibit?
The symptoms of COVID-19 have been varying in the general population. Many people infected by the virus do not even show symptoms. So to say whether or not pregnant women will face different symptoms than the general population would be speculation.
What To Do If I’m Pregnant And Think I Have COVID-19?
It’s best to call your health service provider if you have been in contact with a COVID-19 positive patient and are experiencing a cough or fever. We strongly advise you not to go to the hospital. Most people with COVID-19 do not require and hospitalization. So, it’s best to stay at home and monitor your symptoms. CDC recommends taking acetaminophens such as Tylenol for pain relief and fever. It is not recommended to take ibuprofen, especially for women in their third trimester. If you believe symptoms are getting worse, its best to contact your doctor.
Will The Pandemic Change My Prenatal And Postpartum Medical Check-Ups?
Sadly, like all other areas of life, even one of the most critical stages of your life will be altered, too. Obstetricians and gynecologists around the world are trying to consolidate services to limit the number of appointments each expecting mom will have. Some clinics have begun telemedicine to schedule prenatal visits. However, if you have a high-risk pregnancy, you will need to continue more in house appointments and tests.
While making your hospital visits, remember that hospitals are regularly disinfected. It is done as part of the protocol on average days, and during the pandemic, the routine is made even more thorough. However, it’s important to remember that its best to avoid touching things and then touching your face. Remember to maintain good hand hygiene. Always keep a sanitizer with you when you’re outside. You may also voice your concerns with your caregivers, specifically talking about backup plans in case your caregivers fall sick.