In the first few weeks during the spread of the COVID19, we had conflicting information about the effects it had for pregnant women. Many sources said it did not have effects on pregnancy, others said it did. But the truth is, we can’t say with certainty how harmless COVID19 is on your baby or pregnancy.
What we do know is that women have compromised immunity during pregnancy, making them at higher risk to contract flu, colds, and viruses. It is important you take extra care of your body and take extra safety precautions during the pandemic and the remainder of your pregnancy.
You can practice the same precautions as the public to stop the spread and to protect yourself.
Make sure you are taking prenatal vitamins and Vitamin C to assist your immune system
Drink lots of water to flush impurities and toxins out of your body
Consider staying indoors
Avoid sick people at all costs
Wash hands often
Don’t touch face, nose, ears, eyes, or mouth
Cover your cough and sneezes
HealthLynked has reported that: “We do not know at this time if COVID-19 would cause problems during pregnancy or affect the health of the baby after birth.” It is very important to follow health guidelines until professionals know more about the outbreak and the after-effects of pregnancy.
Here are some Q&A from HealthLynked...
Can COVID-19 be passed from a mother to a fetus?
We still do not know if a woman can pass the illness to her baby during pregnancy or during delivery. No infants born to mothers with COVID-19 have tested positive for the virus. In these cases, the virus was not found in breast milk or amniotic fluid.
Will Covid-19 hurt an unborn baby?
We do not know at this time what the risks are to infants with a mother with the virus. There has been a small number of reported problems with pregnancy/delivery of babies born. But we don’t know if it is related to the mother’s infection with COVID-19.
Can I breastfeed if I’m positive for COVID-19?
Again, a lot is not known about postpartum and breastfeeding when a mother is infected. The transmission of the virus through breastmilk is unknown. The interim guidance is based on what the health organization already knows about other viruses like SARS-Cov. As of now, the CDC shares that it is fine to breastfeed but with proper precautions. It is believed, however, that it is only transmitted through respiratory droplets from person to person.
Mothers are advised to wear a mask during feedings and to wash their hands before touching their baby.
How does COVID-19 affect children?
As of right now, based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at a higher risk. Adults make up most of the known cases to date.
Are the symptoms in children different than in adults?
No. The symptoms are similar in children and adults. However, children with confirmed COVID-19 have mild symptoms.
Should my child wear a mask?
No. Only sick children should wear a mask to prevent the spread.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact us via phone or social media messaging. We are here to serve your pregnancy needs during this time.