As we prepare for Flu Season, COVID persists, affecting people from all walks of life. From young to old, this virus has shown that we must remain proactive and not let our guard down.
Health Experts from across the globe are learning more about the causes of COVID, but there are still so many unknowns. That’s why it is so important to talk with our healthcare professionals to guide us.
They are the first line of defense! COVID-19 has drastically changed the healthcare landscape with information and guidelines changing rapidly.
For women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your OB-GYN regarding the most current COVID-19 information. There are also a number of reliable resources available.
Where to get up-to-date information?
- American College of OB-GYNS (ACOG)
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM)
- National Institute of Health (NIH)
How can pregnant women avoid coronavirus?
ACOG recommends the following steps for pregnant women to stay healthy:
- Keep your prenatal visits
- Limit contact with other people as much as possible
- Stay six feet away from other people if you need to go out
- Wear a mask or cloth face-covering in public and any other needed protection while at work
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Clean hands with a hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol if you can’t wash them (rub until your hands feel dry)
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Have a good stock of essential supplies, including at least 30 days of any medications (so you don’t have to go out so often)
What if you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19?
The Mayo Clinic outlines that if you have COVID-19 and pregnant, your treatment will be aimed at relieving symptoms and may include getting plenty of fluids and rest. As well as medication to reduce fever, relieve pain, and coughing. If you are very ill, you may need to be treated in the hospital.
Does COVID-19 affect the fetus?
Researchers are learning more about COVID-19 all the time. Here is what they know now according to ACOG:
- Researchers have found a few cases of COVID-19 that may have passed to the fetus during pregnancy, but this seems to be rare.
- Researchers have studied COVID-19 infection, preterm birth, and stillbirth. Some studies suggest there may be an increased risk of preterm birth and stillbirth for women with COVID-19.
What about breastfeeding?
The CDC reports that current evidence suggests that breast milk isn’t likely to spread the virus to babies. The CDC states that breast milk provides protection against many illnesses and is the best source of nutrition for most babies.
What can we do to stay vigilant?
If you are pregnant, be sure to get the recommended vaccines — flu and whooping cough. Remember to eat healthy meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
Be sure to keep all your prenatal and postpartum visits with your OB-GYN. And talk with your provider if you have any concerns. It’s up to all of us to remain alert and take precautions for the health and well-being of everyone.
The information on this site is intended to raise awareness, and understanding of specific health issues. It should not be used for diagnosis, or a substitute for health care by your physician.