The novel coronavirus has been labeled a pandemic by the World Health Organization. It is a great matter of concern for pregnant women as they are anxious about the effects of the virus on their pregnancy and fetus. Social media is flooded with a lot of information that is creating confusion among people. The best Fertility hospitals in Coimbatore understands your plight, so here are all the evidence-based responses to the most asked questions by pregnant women.   

Q. How does coronavirus affect pregnant women?

Coronavirus affects a pregnant woman, similar to any other healthy adult. However, during pregnancy, it is known that the mother-to-be’s immunity is lower than rest, and hence pregnant women are at a slightly higher risk of catching coronavirus infection. If you get infected, then most likely you will have a mild cold/flu-like symptoms. Pregnant women who have a weak immune system or a pre-existing medical condition such as gestational diabetes or high pressure are at higher risk of developing more severe symptoms like pneumonia. If any pregnant woman gets any symptoms of infection, then she should immediately contact her maternity care experts. 

Q. Can I transmit coronavirus infection to my baby?

Coronavirus is a novel virus, and there is limited evidence about the transmission of infection from mother to baby. There are pieces of evidence of a small number of babies who have been diagnosed with coronavirus shortly after birth. So, it may be that the infection may have occurred in the womb, but it is not sure whether the transmission was before or soon after birth.

Q. How can I reduce my risk of catching coronavirus?

Here is a list of precautionary measures that a pregnant woman should take to reduce the risk of catching coronavirus.

  • Wash your hands frequently and maintain social distance.
  • Always wear a mask when you step outside your house, or meet people.
  • Use a tissue while coughing and sneezing, and discard the tissue in a closed bin.
  • Avoid contact with sick people who display the symptoms of coronavirus. The common symptoms are high temperature or new and continuous cough.
  • Avoid using public transport
  • Work from home
  • Avoid visiting crowded places like malls, restaurants, and other similar venues as infections spread quickly in closed and overcrowded spaces.
  • Reduce the number of visits to your hospital, you can avail our online healthcare services provided by the Maternity hospitals in Coimbatore.

Q. What do I need to do during my pregnancy to fight against COVID-19?

The best precautionary measures are social distancing and personal hygiene. Take your vitamins, eat immunity-boosting foods, and gargle with warm salt water daily. Pregnant women with a chronic illness like heart disease or diabetes need shielding measures to protect themselves against COVID-19.

Q. Is it safe to travel at this time?

It is highly recommended for pregnant women to avoid traveling as much as possible. Public transport is not safe at these challenging times. Moving from one place to another may increase the risk of coronavirus. Use private vehicles as much as possible.

Q. Should pregnant women skip their antenatal and postnatal appointments?

It is vital to attend your antenatal and postnatal routine care. You can have an online consultation with your obstetrician for a better understanding.

Q. What should I do if I develop a cold or fever when I am pregnant?

If you develop any symptoms like cough, cold, or fever, it is advisable to inform your doctor and home-quarantine yourself. However, be aware of the other complications that may occur with fever, like urine infection, vaginal discharge, water breaking, or any concern related to your baby’s movements, etc. In such a case, immediately contact your healthcare provider for further advice.

Q. What should I do if I get exposed to coronavirus infection?

If you are pregnant and have been exposed to COVID-19, inform your doctor and quarantine yourself for at least seven days. Presently, people with mild symptoms are supposed to stay at home, only people with severe symptoms are required to admit in the hospital. If your symptoms get worse, then contact your health provider for further treatment.

Q. How will my care be managed after recovering from coronavirus?

After recovering from coronavirus infection, a repeat COVID test is necessary to confirm full recovery. An ultrasound scan and basic blood investigation should be done as a precautionary measure. It should be done after two weeks of recovery to check the wellness of you and your baby.

Q. Is it safe to breastfeed my baby if I have suspected or confirmed coronavirus?

Pregnant women can breastfeed their babies. As there is no evidence of virus showing that it can be carried in breastmilk. However, you must follow some precautionary measures before feeding your baby.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before touching your baby, breast pump, or bottles.
  • Avoid coughing or sneezing while breastfeeding your baby.
  • Wear a face mask while breastfeeding.
  • Clean the pump properly and thoroughly after each use.

Your Obstetrician at Labour Delivery hospital  in India is always available and is ready to help you with any sort of help. In cases of doubts or problems, the doctors at rao hospital, Labour Delivery hospital in India are readily available online where the patients are required to have a teleconsultation. Contact us on +91 96299 19191.

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