COVID-19 AND PREGNANCY
The recent pandemic has frightened us all, but should you be even more worried if you are pregnant?
We currently do not know whether pregnant women have a greater chance of becoming ill from the coronavirus than the general public, but based on available information pregnant women seem to have the same risk as adults who are not pregnant. While this information is hopeful, it is questionable whether pregnant women are more likely to have a more serious illness from the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/pregnancy-breastfeeding.html states that pregnant women experience changes in their bodies that may increase their risk of some infections—and that with all viruses, upper respiratory infections, and the flu, pregnant women have had a higher risk of developing severe illness. Therefore, if you are pregnant it is very important to follow all COVID-19 guidelines and follow up with your physician if you feel sick.
What can you do to protect yourself from COVID-19 if you are pregnant?
Follow all federal, state and local government prevention guidelines including:
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently used surfaces often.
- Avoiding people who are sick or have been exposed to the Coronavirus.
- Washing your hands frequently for 20 seconds using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Can the Coronavirus be passed on to an unborn baby?
According to the CDC, https://cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/pregnancy-breastfeeding.html transmission of the Coronavirus during pregnancy is from mother to child is unlikely. The virus is not thought to be passed on from an infected mother to her baby in nasal swabs, amniotic fluid, cord blood or breast milk. https://heartbeatservices.org/covid19/item/1692-how-covid-19-affects-pregnant-and-breastfeeding-women However, after birth a newborn is able to catch the virus. A small number of babies have tested positive for the virus shortly after birth, but whether the virus was contacted before or after birth is not specifically known.
Be aware that hospitals and Labor and Delivery departments are taking every precaution to protect pregnant mothers and their babies from catching or spreading COVID-19. Likewise, Obria is committed to keeping our patients updated as we learn more.
Do you have questions about your pregnancy?
You can talk or text with a nurse now you do not have to walk through this alone! We are here to help. Download our telemedicine app at OBRIA DIRECT Apple Download or Android Download. To schedule an appointment, proceed with a telehealth virtual visit or text with a live nurse. For more information call us at (714) 516-9045.
Obria Medical Clinics – SoCal
2001 E. First St, Suite 209
Santa Ana, CA 92705