We are answering your discomfort regarding pregnancy during the COVID-19 situation.
Pregnancy is a priceless experience full of excitement, anticipation, but also a lot of questions. The unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic have amplified both anticipation and the number of questions that pregnant women and their spouses might have in mind.
Instead of entering nine months of stress and constant worry, you should rather keep yourself updated with relevant information from reliable sources. Fortunately, experts in the field have stepped in to fill in the gaps in your pregnancy books which are vital to be aware of during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this article, we have summed up answers to the most common questions asked by pregnant women these days.
Am I at higher risk of COVID-19?
Despite what you might have heard, experts have stated that being pregnant does not put you at higher risk of getting COVID-19. However, as a precaution, pregnant women are indeed in the clinically vulnerable group.
The pregnancy itself does not put you at higher risk. However, there has been increasing evidence that pregnant women tend to become seriously ill with COVID-19 compared to those who are not pregnant. Furthermore, experts have also shared that pregnant women with COVID-19 are more likely to need intensive treatment and invasive ventilation.
Therefore, being pregnant during the pandemic means that you need to be extra cautious and highly disciplined in practicing the health and safety protocols at all times, especially during your third trimester.
Can I pass COVID-19 to my baby?
While you are concerned about your own risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19, we can imagine that you are most likely even more worried about the risk of passing COVID-19 to your baby before they are born, in case you get infected. Experts have emphasized that you should not stress about this as vertical transmission of COVID-19 is extremely rare.
The National Health Service (UK) has also stated that in the rare cases in which COVID-19 infected unborn babies, they have recovered well. In addition, they also explained that there is no evidence that COVID-19 can cause miscarriage or affect the development of your baby. In other words, take deep breaths and do your best to stay safe!
Is it normal for pregnant women to be extremely stressed during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Despite being a joyous occasion, pregnancy is one of the most stressful times in a woman’s life, even during normal times. Thus, the stress of being pregnant during the pandemic is undoubtedly highly overwhelming. Moreover, this may lead pregnant women to depression.
Keep in mind that depression can have harmful effects on your pregnancy. The effects are ranging from low birth weight to an increased risk of preterm birth. Therefore, it is crucial that you consciously monitor and manage your stress levels. Consult a healthcare provider if you feel like you are experiencing chronic stress that interferes with your daily life.
Should I still breastfeed?
Related to the concern about skin-to-skin contact, expecting women have questioned whether it is safe to breastfeed during the pandemic. Experts have assured that breastfeeding is safe by wearing a mask and washing your hands properly before and after breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is an essential bonding experience between a mother and baby. Therefore, this concern should not prevent mothers from breastfeeding their babies.
We hope you stay safe and healthy. That you’re savoring each moment of your pregnancy despite any stress and fatigue you might experience due to the pandemic. And at last, in case of any COVID-19 emergency warning signs, make sure to seek emergency care immediately.
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