How to stay safe during the pandemic while being pregnant?

If you are pregnant, you might be worried about how to protect yourself and your baby during the recent outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). Learn what you can do to limit your exposure and reduce your risk for you and your family.

❓I’m pregnant — should I be worried about COVID-19?

So far, evidence suggests that pregnant woman are not at any greater risk of serious illness if they get COVID-19. Only a small number of pregnant women have had COVID-19, but based on the current findings, it appears that pregnant women are at no greater risk than the rest of the general population.

However, any respiratory illness (such as influenza) can cause serious complications, so it is advised that pregnant women take extra precautions in practicing good hygiene and physical distancing to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19.

What happens if I get COVID-19 while I am pregnant?

Women who get COVID-19 while they are pregnant are expected to experience mild to moderate symptoms, similar to having a cold or the flu. But because of the changes that happen to a woman’s body during pregnancy, your symptoms will be monitored very closely. Most women will make a full recovery without any risk to your unborn baby.

Can I pass on COVID-19 to my baby while I am pregnant?

There has been some very recent cases that may suggest COVID-19 could be passed from mother to baby (called ‘vertical transmission’). However, this is still to be confirmed and is still in the early stages of being studied. Previous experience with other respiratory illnesses suggests your baby will not be harmed or at risk of any ongoing problems.

Should I still be going to my antenatal appointments?

Having regular check-ups during your pregnancy is important to monitor the health of you and your baby. However, it is understandable that during this time you might be concerned about going to your GP or hospital. Before making any changes to your appointments, it’s important that you speak to your doctor first.

Your doctor may recommend less frequent visits if you and your baby are healthy, or they might be able to offer telehealth consultations (video call) for some of your appointments.

Fertility Cloud will provide you with online consultations. Our Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist Dr. Gary Levy is ready to help you and answer all of your questions. Dm us or book an appointment: https://myfertilitycloud.com/book-appointment