COVID-19 and Pregnancy

covid-19 and the effects on pregnancy

These are such uncertain times. If, in addition to COVID-19, business closings and shelter-in-place orders, you discover you’re unexpectedly pregnant, we have some good news. Although the coronavirus can cause fear, especially for those who are pregnant, there is no reason to panic. Here is what is known about pregnancy and COVID-19 today.

The effects of COVID-19 on a pregnancy

Because this virus is so new, there isn’t a lot of data. However, according to reports, being pregnant doesn’t make you more vulnerable to getting the virus. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) states, “pregnant women do not appear to be at a higher risk of severe disease related to COVID-19.” 

So, in other words, a pregnant woman has the same potential of getting Coronavirus as any other healthy individual. The only reason you might be at a higher risk is if you have other underlying health concerns.

You may be asking these questions about pregnancy and the virus.

Since so little is known at this time about the virus and its effect on pregnancy or the fetus, there are only a few answers to essential questions. Here’s what we know.

  1. Can the coronavirus be transferred to the fetus in utero? Since scientists aren’t exactly sure how the virus spreads, there has been no proof that it’s transferred from mother to fetus.
  2. What about complications during delivery? So far, there have been no documented complications in childbirth directly related to the coronavirus. 
  3. Does having the virus increase the possibility my baby will die? One study stated, “pregnant women who develop COVID-19 pneumonia in their 3rd trimester went on to have live births.” Many pregnant women have opted for a C-section for extra protection of the baby.
  4. Will the virus be transferred through breast milk? Limited studies have shown, “The coronavirus was not detected in the amniotic fluid, cord blood, or breast milk.”

How to avoid getting the coronavirus

Whether there is a chance of getting COVID 19 or not, pregnant women should always take special precautions. According to the CDC, the following are specific actions you can take to prevent getting the Coronavirus:

  1. Regularly wash your hands. Use soap and water, and really lather up.
  2. Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Stay at least 6 feet away from other people (called “social distancing”). 
  4. When you aren’t near soap and water, use hand sanitizer.
  5. Do not greet people with hugs or handshakes.
  6. Wear a mask or scarf when out in public  (which is not a substitute for social distancing).
  7. Stay at home as much as possible.

Emergency warning signs

Here are some warning signs that might suggest you have COVID 19:

  1. Shortness of breath or trouble breathing.
  2. Pain or pressure in your chest.
  3. A fever.
  4. A cough.
  5. You aren’t able to respond to others.

The bottom line is, at least according to the current facts, there’s no reason to fear that contracting the virus will harm your baby. The best way to protect yourself and your baby is to follow the above rules. 

Contact Boston Center for Pregnancy Choices

If you are unsure about your pregnancy, contact Boston Center for Pregnancy Choices. We’re ready to talk through your options with you. Remember, it’s important to keep up your prenatal care while you’re considering your options too. Stay safe and healthy!

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