COVID-19 and Pregnancy
Many of our patients are calling to ask about what pregnant women should be doing to protect themselves from coronavirus. We wanted to provide you with a summary of information and a link to the CDC website where you can read more.
Because this is a new virus, the data on how the virus effects pregnancy is extremely limited. We do not currently know if pregnant women are at an increased risk for Coronavirus from the general population but so far, data seems to suggest that pregnant woman may not be at a greater risk.
Based on current data, there are no reported coronavirus deaths in pregnant woman. Of women who have tested positive for coronavirus, only 8% of them have experienced more severe symptoms and there has been only 1 case report of critical illness.
We do not know if pregnant woman with Coronavirus can pass to the virus to her baby during pregnancy or delivery. According to the Centers for Disease Control, no infants born to mothers with coronavirus have tested positive after delivery.
Breastfeeding is considered to be safe unless mother tests positive for Coronavirus due to the close proximity between mom and baby with nursing. Moms with Coronavirus who want to continue to breastfeed should wear a mask while feeding baby.
At this time, the recommendations for pregnant women is the same as the normal population. You should wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and avoiding people who may be sick. While working from home is not medically necessary, for businesses offering work from home as an option, we support all of our patients (even women who are not pregnant) in working remotely.
If a pregnant woman develops a fever, our recommendation is to contact your primary care provider or an Urgent Care immediately. Pregnant women should take acetaminophen to lower a fever.
If you do think that you may be experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus, please DO NOT come to our office for your scheduled visit. Please contact our office at 603-668-8400 to reschedule your appointment and to talk to our nursing staff for additional recommendations.
Here is a link to the CDC website which has FAQs regarding Coronavirus and pregnancy: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/pregnant-women-and-children.htmlLATEST POSTS