Expecting a baby and worried about Covid-19?
As the deadly virus is spreading across the globe, the 'mommies to be' are anxious about their baby's health and how they are going to deal with this situation. So with this article we shall look upon some of the foremost important doubts which will probably pop up into your head.
How does Covid-19 impact a pregnant woman?
As per the information available about the virus from WHO (World Health Organization), it's equally risky for the pregnant woman as for any other human being. Pregnant women are put within the vulnerable group as an act of caution. Women who are in their third-trimester of pregnancy are more likely to fall in the line of the virus. The pregnant woman who are above the age of 35, who are overweight or obese and women who have had medical problems like any heart disease, diabetic etc. are at high risk.
If the pregnant mother is tested Covid positive, what effect can it have on the baby?
From the very few resources available regarding this said that the virus can have an impression on the babies, but it's still not clear if the impact is severe or mild. Premature births or the child born with Covid positive can be some of the results. But there are still some exceptions. Few reports also suggest that some babies are born healthy.
How can the mother reduce the risk of developing coronavirus?
It is vital to follow the guidelines by the government. Also confirm to take necessary precautions recommended by your gynaecologist. As of now no specific guidelines are given for pregnant women, it's all the same as for any adult. Still listing some below
Wash your hands with soap and water regularly
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Use tissue or handkerchief while coughing or sneezing
Practice social distancing
Regular exercise and healthy diet can help tons
Mental well-being during the Pandemic
The pandemic can evoke many mental health issues like anxiety in people all over the globe. In the case of pregnant women this mental health issue can impact their child's healthy growth and birth. So if you're facing any such difficulty make sure to stay in-tuned with a mental health professional who can assist you. Keeping yourself busy, finding your past hobbies and talking to someone can make you better. Share your emotions and feelings with someone who is trustworthy, it can be your partner, friend, parents or anyone whom you are comfortable with. It is mandatory to share, as motherhood deals with mood swings.
Domestic violence is also high during the pandemic. If you're experiencing any kind of domestic abuse or violence don't hesitate to speak up to someone who can help.
What to do if tested Covid positive or been in contact with someone who is tested positive?
If you're tested positive for Covid-19 then the best and simplest suggestion from us would be to follow each and every instruction that's given by your doctor. Also make sure that you must have informed your gynaecologist about the situation.
If you have had contact with someone who is tested positive for Covid-19, then go on self isolation for a minimum of 14 days. It's not necessary to run into the hospital as the public exposure can harm you. If you think your symptoms are worsening, call the closest health centre provided by the government authority and follow their instructions undoubtedly.
Will the covid positive mother be able to breastfeed her baby?
The virus transfers from one person to another only through respiratory droplets. There is no evidence of the virus spreading through breastmilk. Therefore if the Covid positive mother wishes to breastfeed her baby then she can do so following some precautions by WHO.
Practice respiratory hygiene and wear a mask.
Wash hands properly before and after touching the baby
Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly
Even if you're under self isolation, be in contact with your midwife and doctor. Sometimes the regular pregnancy check-up could also be delayed. But if your gynaecologist recommends then confirm that the check-ups are done regularly. Also ask all your doubts to your designated doctor, as this can help. Make sure you follow every instructions properly.
With this we wind up the article. The information given in the article is common advice. All patients are genuine, so always make sure to be in touch and follow the instructions by your gynecologist. Best wishes for the 'mom to be' and a healthy birth to the baby.