Coronavirus in Pregnancy – The Concerns
Hello Mommies and Daddies, at present, we all are facing a very critical situation due to the spread of the COVID19 infection. We all are affected by one way or the other. But, this is a very crucial time especially for pregnant women. Coronavirus worries and concerns during pregnancy are quite natural for them as they are going through most important phase of their lives.
There are a number of concerns for pregnant women and I will try to address these through this blog post. I am not a medical professional. I am just a new mother who is concerned about the well being of expectant mommies. So, I tried to research the internet on the main concerns and fears of pregnant women during this time. I tried to compile this information from various sources for convenience of the readers.
COVID19 is a virus that causes acute respiratory distress. It spreads through the respiratory droplets of the infected person if that person coughs or sneezes. It can even spread if anyone touches the surface which has virus on it and then touches his nose, eyes or mouth. This virus remains active on a surface for at most 48 hours. So, if any one comes in contact with it within that duration, he/she may get affected.
This virus first originated in Wuhan, China and experts believe that it was spread through animals. The difficult part is that COVID19 is still a new disease with no vaccination or much study available.
However, my internet research brings down the following points-
Can coronavirus spread to my baby during pregnancy?
The answer to this question (as per the studies available till date) is UNLIKELY, though data is still emerging (as per the resource from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). In the studies available, it has been observed that the COVID19 virus cannot spread to your child during pregnancy even if you are a COVID19 carrier. Not much data is however, available in this context but till now COVID19 has not been found in amniotic fluid that surrounds your baby or cord blood. So, even if you are infected, it can reasonably be assumed that your baby is still safe inside your protective womb based on the studies till date.
Can coronavirus get passed to my baby through breast milk?
Again, as per the studies available till date, the virus has not been detected in breast milk. But you should consult your doctor beforehand. In case you choose to breastfeed your baby and you are COVID19 positive, make sure that you wear masks and gloves as it can get passed to your baby through your respiratory droplets. So, the best way to be reasonably sure would be to express your breast milk and ask some-one else to feed the baby.
Can I catch this infection early because I am pregnant?
No. You cannot catch this infection early if you are pregnant. Pregnancy doesn’t increase your risk. You are just like other human beings and at the same risk level of catching this infection as they are. So, don’t over stress yourself from this thought.
What can I do to protect myself from catching coronavirus infection during my pregnancy?
Here are a few points as per my internet research that you can use to avoid this infection during your pregnancy-
- Wash your hands properly at least for 20 seconds with a soap or hand wash liquid. You can also sanitize your hands with alcohol based sanitizers (but make sure it has got at least 60% alcohol concentration) .
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home as much as possible and avoid any kind of social gatherings or travel.
- Maintain social distancing, that is, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other persons in case it’s urgent for you to go out.
- Keep yourself hydrated all day long.
- Boost your immunity with immunity rich foods such as citrus fruits, broccoli, garlic, ginger, spinach, almonds, yogurt etc. and supplements.
- Ask others for help to take care of your baby post-delivery if you are infected to avoid spreading the infection to your baby.
But the main point is that even if you develop a mildest fever during this time, it is better to consult your doctor and get tested if he/she recommends.
Remember, you are carrying two responsibilities: You and your baby.
I hope that this article must have addressed your pregnancy related concerns to COVID19 infection. If you have any other concern, you can just leave a comment here and I will try to address it to my best possible. You can even reach me out personally at: email@example.com
Stay home and stay safe!