The coronavirus pandemic is a stressful time for all of us. Many people are worried about themselves or loved ones getting sick. Pregnant women are understandably concerned during this pandemic. How should pregnancy care change during COVID-19? Here are 10 frequently asked questions about pregnancy and the coronavirus.
1. Does pregnancy put you at a higher risk for COVID-19?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pregnant women who get sick with the coronavirus are more likely to develop a severe case than those who are not pregnant. While this does not mean that pregnancy increases your chances of catching the disease, it does mean that you should be extra cautious. Always wear a mask outside your home, social distance, and wash your hands often.
2. Can my unborn child catch coronavirus?
It is not currently known if children can get COVID-19 before they are born. While some newborns have tested positive relatively soon after birth, there is no way to know when they got the virus. It is very rare for coronavirus cases in newborns to become severe.
3. How will my child be affected if I get COVID-19?
Any severe illness, including the coronavirus, is a risk to the pregnancy. There is some evidence that getting COVID-19 may lead to premature birth, but this has not been thoroughly tested.
4. Should I still go to the doctor for pregnancy care?
Yes, you should continue your regular appointments with your doctor while you are pregnant, even as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Make sure you are taking the proper precautions, such as wearing a mask. Ask your doctor’s office what they are doing if you are unsure about their COVID-19 policy.
5. Is there any medication I can take to protect myself and my baby from the coronavirus?
There is currently no vaccine available for COVID-19. Getting flu and whooping cough vaccines during pregnancy can prevent your baby from developing coronavirus-like symptoms from other diseases.
6. Can I go out while pregnant during the pandemic?
It is best to stay in your house as much as possible during pregnancy at this time. Self-isolating for two weeks before your due date is a good idea to assure that you do not have COVID-19 before giving birth.
7. Can my baby stay in the room with me at the hospital during the pandemic?
As long as you are healthy and have been taking the proper safety precautions, there is no reason your baby can’t room in with you at the hospital after birth. If you have COVID-19, make a plan with your doctor about where your baby will stay afterbirth. It is likely that you can still stay in the same room as long as distancing, masks, and other precautions are used.
8. Can babies wear masks?
Infants should never wear a mask or face shield under any circumstance. The risks of suffocation are high. The CDC recommends that all children over 2 years old wear a face mask in public during the COVID-19 pandemic.
9. Can I breastfeed my baby if I have COVID-19?
It is unlikely that babies can catch the coronavirus from breastmilk. Wash your hands before touching your baby and wear a mask while breastfeeding.
10. Should I get tested for coronavirus if I’m pregnant?
Pregnant women who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should be prioritized for testing.
Pregnancy Care During COVID-19
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