With the surge of COVID-19 cases, many related issues arise like what will happen if you are pregnant, recently given birth to a baby, or breastfeeding, you must be concerned about the viral effects on you and your baby. According to an article of MAYO clinic published on Nov. 05, 2020
COVID-19 and Risks of Pregnancy
There are not so many data available that show the overall risk of pandemics on pregnant women, however during pregnancy the risk of severe sickness with coronavirus increases.
when pregnant women contract the virus, they could develop respiratory complications requiring intensive treatment. Even sometimes pregnant women need to be placed on a ventilator to save their lives, according to CDC black women and Hispanic women are more affected by Coronavirus.
There is not much evidence that shows that COVID-19 causes issues during pregnancy or after, or how it affects the health of the newborn baby. According to some researchers, pregnant women are more likely to be affected by the virus which can cause premature birth and their baby may need more intensive care after birth.
You should contact your doctor or health care provider immediately if you feel symptoms of COVID-19 or you have met any infected person, Covid test is recommended if it is possible. Take time from your health care provider and tell them about your condition and possible exposure before getting an appointment.
If you get an infection during pregnancy, your treatment will be to relieve the symptoms, getting a lot of fluids and complete rest along with medication to reduce body temperature due to fever, lessen cough, and relieving pain, if you get severely ill may you need to be admitted to the hospital
Impact of COVID-19 on Prenatal Care
The government and community are trying to control the coronavirus pandemic. You might experience difficulty accessing routine prenatal care. Please talk with your physician about this issue. Ask them about tools that may be helpful to use at home. Ask them about other options, you can also research online about your question and can take online childbirth classes.
If there are high-risk conditions during pregnancy, then you should visit your doctor because a virtual visit will not be beneficial, ask your doctor or health care provider how to treat the problem and how your care can be affected.
Recommendations for Labor and Delivery
If you have a good health condition, then you have no need to worry, but if you have any kind of COVID-19 symptoms your delivery and labor might not proceed as usual. So be prepared to be flexible about it.
If your support person screened for symptoms of coronavirus for 24 to 48 hours and you are scheduled for labor induction or a C-section. You should be screened before entering the delivery or labor unit. If found positive for coronavirus, your C-section or induction may reschedule to protect your health and your baby.
You and your support person should be screened for symptoms every day during your hospitalization, the number of people should be limited during labor or delivery in the labor room, and visits after the induction should also be reduced.
Talk to your hospital or health care provider about rules and restrictions that might apply, because the restrictions in different states are different according to the infection rate of coronavirus in the area.
Wear a cloth mask and clean hands when caring for your baby, if your stay in the hospital is long, maintain a reasonable distance when possible by taking these steps, if you had symptoms of COVID-19 the risk of transferring the infection to a newborn is low. Research has shown that approximately two to five percent of infants born to women who were infected during their pregnancy test positive.
If you have severe conditions with the coronavirus, you have to be temporarily separated from your newborn for his safety and health
What You Can Do:
There is no medicine or vaccine available for infection with coronavirus, to reduce the risk you should avoid close contact with people who are infected or have symptoms, and limit your outside gathering as much as possible.
Wear a cloth mask at work and in public, clean your mask regularly and wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds, and try to meet family and friends through virtual sources like video calls.
When it comes to your newborn baby, you should prioritize taking care of yourself first. Talk to your doctor or health care provider if you are experiencing any anxiety or stress; do daily exercise, eat healthy to strengthen your immune system, this may assist you in coping with the situation.