By Anju Jacob

All you have to know about COVID-19 if you are Pregnant

Pregnancy is the time in which a woman should be the happiest. Being pregnant can be stressful now, but it’s even more terrifying when the news is swamped with reports about the pandemic COVID-19. The virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has swiftly spread across the globe.

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus belongs to a group of viruses that cause illness. As of the latest, a new section of coronavirus called the novel coronavirus has been located in China and has been observed widely in human beings. You might have seen in the news about the rising mishaps caused because of coronavirus till now. These viruses got transmitted between animals and human beings.

The common symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • Fever or common cold

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

  • Breathing difficulties

In a severe case, one will have:

  • Pneumonia

  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

  • Kidney failure

And if the case is very critical and gravest, the person may likely die because of coronavirus. China was facing the worst cases, but now we can see a rise in the cases in the USA and Italy.

General Preventive Measures

  • Washing your hands regularly

  • Protecting others from getting sick

  • Avoid cold food

  • Avoid traveling

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Will a pregnant lady pass on COVID-19 to the baby?

There have been some very recent cases that may suggest COVID-19 could be transferred from mother to baby called vertical transmission. However, this is still to be affirmed and is still in the initial stages of being studied. Prior experience with other respiratory illnesses suggests your baby will not be harmed or at the peril of any continuing problems.

All you have to know about COVID-19 if you are Pregnant
Pic Courtesy: Time Magazine

Should a pregnant woman go to the antenatal appointments?

Having routine check-ups during your pregnancy is essential to monitor the health of you and your baby. First trimester of pregnancy is a critical time. However, it is understandable that during this time you might be concerned about going to your GP or hospital. Before making any alterations to your appointments, you must speak to your doctor first.

Your doctor may urge less frequent visits if you and your baby are healthy, or they might be able to suggest telehealth consultations for some of your appointments.

What impact does coronavirus have on pregnant women?

Usually, pregnant women do not seem to be more likely to be seriously unwell than other healthy adults if they develop new coronavirus. It is suspected the vast majority of pregnant women will experience only mild or moderate cold or flu-like symptoms. Cough, fever, shortness of breath, headache and lack of sense of smell are other important symptoms.

More severe manifestations such as pneumonia, seem to be more common in older people, those with weakened immune systems or long-term circumstances. As yet, there is no proof that pregnant women who get this infection are also at risk of serious complexities than any other healthy individuals.

If you think you may have signs of COVID-19 you should use the helpline number for your region and clear off your doubt. If you exhibit more severe symptoms or your recovery has lingered, this may be a sign that you are forming a more significant chest infection that requires specialized care. Our advice remains that if you feel your symptoms are worsening or if you are not getting better you should contact your maternity care team or the medical service emergency number for further information and advice.

What can you do to overcome the risk of catching coronavirus?

The most important thing for you to do is to obey government guidance. These guidelines provided down here are for pregnant women and the rest of their households.

  • Frequent hand washing

  • Use a tissue when you or anyone in your family coughs or sneezes, throw this away and wash your hands

  • Elude contact with someone who displays symptoms of coronavirus. These symptoms might include high temperature or new and continuous cough

  • Avoid non-essential use of public transport when practicable

  • Do not walk out of your house unnecessarily. And make sure that you work from home rather than going out and work.

  • Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, it can be pubs, restaurants, leisure centers, or similar venues. Avoid these as they can spread infections easily in closed spaces where people gather together.

  • Do not gather around with friends and family. You can keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.

As we conclude, practice social distancing, follow all governmental guidelines, doctor’s suggestions, and relax your mind and body, as this is a state in which you should make yourself the happiest. Don’t panic, don’t stress out, if you feel tense, think about the tiny feet you are going to see soon, think about the wonderful moment at which you are going to touch those little fingers. So, let’s make the arrival of the cutest little thing in this world the happiest.

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