Pregnancy and the Coronavirus: What You Should Know

If you’re pregnant, you might find yourself feeling overwhelmed about the fast-moving updates of the impact that the coronavirus has had over the world.

Naturally, you may have many doubts regarding your health. Therefore, through reports of experts and competent authorities leading the fight against coronavirus, we will try to clarify your questions and concerns to the best of our ability.

We hope the information provided will make the situation less scary and help you prepare better for the rest of your term and delivery.

Before continuing with this article, we’d like to acknowledge that because the information provided about the coronavirus regarding pregnancy is very limited, it is not possible to draw any firm conclusions yet.

What happens if I get the coronavirus during my pregnancy?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), pregnant women are NOT at higher risk of developing severe illness from the coronavirus. Therefore, if you are pregnant, you’ll experience mild to moderate symptoms.

A study made in 15 pregnant women reported that there are no issues with delivering a healthy baby. In the same study, 4 of the 15 women didn’t require antiviral medication to achieve a successful recovery.

Can I pass the new coronavirus to my baby?

It is not known for sure yet. However, there haven’t been any reports of mothers passing the coronavirus to their babies during pregnancy or delivery. According to a study of 38 pregnant women with coronavirus, neither of them transmitted the virus to their babies. 

So far, there is no evidence of the virus presence in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk. 

After birth, to avoid transmission, consider temporarily separating from your baby until your symptoms improve. Start thinking of people who can temporarily take care of your baby in case you and your spouse get the virus.

Can I breastfeed my baby?

According to the WHO, it is safe for mothers with coronavirus to breastfeed. However, take the following precautions to avoid passing the virus to your baby:

  • Wear a mask while breastfeeding.
  • Wash your hands before touching the baby.
  • Make sure to clean and disinfect surfaces that your baby might have contact with.
  • If necessary, consider pumping breast milk and have someone else to give it to your baby. For pumping, you must wash your hands before touching the pump and the bottle.

What precautions are hospitals taking to protect pregnant women during delivery?

The good news is that hospitals are changing their policies to protect expecting mothers. For example, some hospitals are reducing the number of visitors allowed during childbirth. Reach out to your healthcare facility to know if their policies have changed. 

Should I go to my routine care appointments?

According to the World Health Organization, during pregnancy and after delivery, you should continue to go to your prenatal care appointments.

However, if you suspect having coronavirus symptoms — fever, cough, shortness of breath — you must call your ob-gyn or health authorities before going to the hospital. They will provide you with indications about how to proceed with the situation.

How can I protect myself? 

Follow the recommendations given by the World Health Organization:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Social distancing (stay home as much as possible, avoid crowded places)
  • Avoid touching your face.

At Love and Kindness Surrogacy, we understand your concerns. During this difficult time, please know we are here to offer our support to all of our surrogates. If you have any further concerns, please contact our agents today.

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