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5 Tips for Pregnancy During COVID-19
August 10, 2021
What are the tips for pregnancy during COVID-19?
- Take extra precautions to avoid COVID-19 infection
- Consider getting yourself and the people around you vaccinated
- Expect adjustments to your prenatal check-ups
- Expect precautions for labor and delivery
- Continue breastfeeding
Pregnancy is a special time for every woman because of the anticipation and excitement for the newest addition to the family. But for many expectant mothers, the pandemic has clouded this time with fear and uncertainty. If you are pregnant, you’re most likely concerned about the impact of the coronavirus on you and your baby’s health. In this article, we have listed pregnancy tips in the time of COVID-19.
Here we talk about everything you need to know such as your coronavirus risk, vaccine information, appointments, labor and delivery recommendations, breastfeeding, and more.
Take Extra Precautions to Avoid COVID-19 Infection
There is not enough study stating that pregnant people are more likely to get infected by the COVID-19. If you’re pregnant, your chance of getting COVID-19 is not higher than anyone else. However, experts suggested that pregnant women and recently pregnant women are at an increased risk for developing severe COVID-19 symptoms when compared to non-pregnant people.
Severe COVID-19 symptoms result in hospitalization, intensive care, and in some cases, even death. Having certain medical conditions (e.g. diabetes) and other factors (e.g. older age) can also increase a pregnant women’s risk for developing severe COVID-19 symptoms.
Furthermore, pregnant women with COVID-19 have an increased risk for premature birth and other poor pregnancy outcomes (e.g. respiratory viral infections, blood clots). This being said, you must take extra precautions to avoid getting infected with the coronavirus disease.
As a pregnant woman, you can protect yourself by following the recommended precautions:
● Wear a mask when in public and surrounded by other people
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
● Observe proper respiratory etiquette by covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue
● Observe proper hygiene by washing your hands regularly or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
● Stay away from sick people or anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19
● Maintain social distancing for at least 6 feet away (2 meters)
● Stay home as much as possible
● Regularly disinfect your home, especially high-touch surfaces (e.g., remotes, switches, gadgets, doorknobs, counters)
● Monitor your health daily by checking for potential COVID-19 symptoms
Consider Getting Yourself and The People Around You Vaccinated
There is currently no way to have zero risks for getting infected by the coronavirus, so it’s important to know how to be as safe as possible. If you are pregnant, you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine according to experts. Getting yourself and the people around you vaccinated can protect you from developing severe symptoms. Everyone aged 12 years or older is now eligible to get a vaccine.
Getting vaccinated is a personal choice. If you have concerns, you may have a conversion with your doctor about receiving a vaccine. Some of the key considerations you can discuss with your doctor include your risk of developing COVID-19, how well the vaccines work, the side effects of vaccines, and how the vaccine will impact your baby (i.e. will the antibodies pass to the fetus).
Expect Adjustments to Your Prenatal Check-Ups
You will still need to have regular prenatal check-ups to promote the healthy development of the fetus. This is the key to reducing the risk of pregnancy and birth complications. However, during the COVID-19, you should expect various adjustments to your check-ups.
Ask your doctor about the precautions that are being taken during check-ups. This can include wearing a face mask or gown when in the hospital, scheduling an appointment in advance to maintain social distancing in the clinic, and even showing a negative antigen or RT-PCR test.
Those who opt to stay at home can also choose to avail telemedicine as an alternative to face-to-face consultation. Hospitals like Cardinal Santos Medical Center (CSMC) are offering teleconsult services where virtual prenatal care is provided.
Expect Precautions for Labor and Delivery
Many hospitals are changing their labor and delivery policies to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19. For example, some hospitals strictly limit labor and delivery visitors. This means a patient can only have one person accompany her through birth. While these policies can be a downer for excited loved ones, they are done to protect patients, babies, and hospital staff alike.
Experts suggest that breast milk is not likely to spread the coronavirus to babies. For this reason, you should decide with your doctor how to start or continue breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is important as it provides your baby protection against illnesses. Breast milk is also easy to digest and is the safest way to provide nutrition for your baby. Take note that washing your hands with soap and wearing a mask (if feeling unwell) before breastfeeding is crucial, even if you don’t have COVID-19.
In this article, we’ve rounded up 5 tips for pregnancy during COVID-19. You may feel fearful and uncertain given the pandemic. However, staying informed and taking precautions is the key to keeping yourself and your baby safe.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding pregnancy and COVID-19, don’t hesitate to speak to your doctor. At Cardinal Santos Medical Center, we offer teleconsult services to help make attending your pregnancy consultations easier and safer during these trying times.
Click here to schedule a teleconsult with CSMC doctors today!