Are you pregnant?
What you need to know about the coronavirus
For a long time now, COVID-19 is the most important topic for all of us. However, if you are pregnant, there is no doubt that you have a lot of questions about whether this current pandemic poses a risk to you and your growing baby.
Unfortunately, our Obstetrics and Gynecology specialists say that currently, we are not in a position to give definitive answers.
“COVID-19 is a new pandemic and we are still learning about its effects on pregnant women and babies.”
However, we have some certain information about COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, even though this disease is new, fever and respiratory diseases have been a part of our lives for a long time. Our specialists say that “information and experience acquired during previous pandemics help us to understand and manage viral infections in pregnant women.”
What do we know now?
The culprit behind the COVID-19 is a virus named SARS-CoV-2. This novel virus is closely related to the SARS-CoV-1 virus that caused serious respiratory tract syndrome pandemic in 2002. It is also related to the MERS-CoV strain, which caused the middle east respiratory syndrome. Specialists state that no evidence suggests these diseases can be transmitted from the mother to the baby during pregnancy.
According to a report published in The Lancet medical journal, the study performed on 9 Chinese pregnant women with positive COVID-19 results showed that the general process was favorable. None of the mothers showed any serious symptoms. Although two of the babies had some problems, all 9 of them were born alive and healthy. Moreover, all babies tested negative.
In March, a baby, whose mother was diagnosed with COVID-19, tested positive in London. However, the doctors are not sure whether the baby was infected before or after the delivery.
The nine pregnant women from the Lancet study got sick during their second or third trimester. Therefore, the doctors are not sure how the virus affects women that are in the first trimester.
During the early period of pregnancy, high fever is a risk factor. However, we do not have the possible effects of COVID-19 has over the mother and the baby during the first three months of pregnancy.
Precautions for Pregnant Women
Right now, we do not know whether pregnant women are under more risk or not compared to others, but we know what you can do to protect yourself against this disease.
Our first warning, which you frequently hear, is to carefully wash your hands for 20 seconds. You might be tired of hearing this advice, but hand hygiene is one of the easiest precautions that can actually stop the virus.
Keep your social distance. Try to avoid crowded places as much as possible.
The flu vaccine does not protect you against COVID-19. However, under the supervision of their doctor, mothers-to-be can get the vaccination to protect themselves from different respiratory tract diseases.
Become online – Try to have online appointments with your doctor as much as possible rather than going to a face to face meeting. Your doctor will inform you about ultrasounds, tests, and other conditions that might require you to come to the hospital. When you arrive at our hospital, feel relaxed. Rest assured that all precautions are taken to protect your health.
If you have a cough, call your doctor. – If you are experiencing symptoms such as coughing, fever, or shortness of breath, definitely contact your doctor. Your doctor will guide you on whether you should be tested for coronavirus and what you should do next.
Pregnancy and Stress
It is natural to feel stressed during this type of unclear times. The important thing is that you keep your stress and anxiety under control. You can get the support of your family or our doctors. Having new hobbies will also help to decrease your anxiety.
You can be sure that our hospital has made all high-level arrangements for you and is prepared against all risky situations. Rest assured that we will send you home with your little baby in your arms thanks to our medical experience, equipment, and plans which will minimize every risk for both for you and your baby.