Pregnancy can be a very anxious time for many women. Concerns over your health and as well as your unborn babies health can be overwhelming.
During the current COVID-19 pandemic your health concerns have probably multiplied.
Here are 5 things you need to know about being pregnant and having a baby during this time.
Being pregnant increases your risk of severe infection
When you’re pregnant, your immune system is generally weaker than usual. Under normal circumstances, this could mean you are more susceptible to colds, the flu and other infections like UTIs.
During a pandemic, a weaker than normal immune system means you are more vulnerable to severe infection than you would be ordinarily. Other comorbidities like being overweight, high blood pressure diabetes and preeclampsia further increase your risk of severe COVID-19 infection.
While there is little you can do about your vulnerability, you can be extra cautious and avoid high-risk situations like social gatherings.
You can still give birth vaginally
Our lives have changed drastically since COVID-19, but your birth plan doesn’t have to change completely.
Although there will be fewer people in the maternity ward, and depending on the hospital you will be giving birth at your partner or a birthing partner may not be allowed to be there with you; you can still give birth vaginally if your doctor or obstetrician has deemed it safe.
According to WHO unless there are specific health conditions that necessitate cesarean birth. A healthy mother can still give birth vaginally without increasing her babies risk of COVID-19
What happens to your baby if you test positive for COVID-19
While there have been increased reports of small children and babies contracting COVID-19 it is still unknown if a mother can pass it onto their unborn baby.
It is also not known if COVID-19 can be transmitted through breastmilk, however, according to WHO COVID-19 infection id unlikely to lead to miscarriage or cause birth defects.
Newborn babies and infants can, however, become infected after birth and are likely to become infected if the fountainhead is infected. In most cases, these infections can be managed.
You should get a COVID-19 test if you are pregnant
Knowing where you stand when it comes to our health means getting all the care you may need during and after your pregnancy to ensure the best health for both you and your baby.
Finding out if you have COVID-19 while you are pregnant means you can get access or information about health risks and specialised care for you and your baby.
Be careful what medicines you take
Every day people still know so little about COVID-19, however, lists from people who have recovered from infections as well as home remedies and traditional cures for symptoms have been circulating online since the beginning of the pandemic.
It is important to remember that you can use limited medications during pregnancy. Some medicines may be harmful to your unborn baby. It is wise to consult your doctor before taking any unsubscribed medicines; including home cures and herbal remedies to ensure that they are safe during pregnancy.
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