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BEING PREGNANT DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK
You may be worried about the COVID-19 if you are pregnant or have just given birth. The current knowledge shows that the disease in pregnant women appears to be the same as in women who are not pregnant. Below you will find more information;
PREGNANT BEING AT A HIGH-RISK GROUP FROM COVID-19
The COVID-19 appears not to pose a risk to the pregnancy. The data available as of this moment do not indicate that pregnant women are more susceptible to COVID-19. If you are pregnant, there are lots of changes happening in your body. Your immune system also changes which makes you often susceptible to respiratory tract infections. The information about pregnant women being susceptible to COVID-19 is too limited.
There is no increased risk of miscarriage or birth defects according to the current knowledge. The effects of infection with COVID-19 in a pregnant woman are no different for the child and the mother than for another infectious disease that causes fever. A high fever can induce contraction which is harmful to an unborn child. It is therefore important to keep a vigilant eye when a pregnant woman develops a fever. If in doubt, you can call and ask for more information from your healthcare provider.
The most important measures you can take to prevent and avoid being infected are;
- Stay 1 to 2 meters away from other people
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Wash your hands with soap and water
- Use paper tissues to blow your nose and discard them after use
- Sneeze and cough into your elbow
If you are pregnant and now feeling well, keep a close eye on yourself. There are different symptoms that COVID-19 has. Some people might not have any symptoms at all and others could be more seriously ill. The most important advice is to stay at home if you have any of these following symptoms;
- Shortness of breath
- Cold symptoms
- High temperature or a fever
- Sudden loss of taste and smell
If you have these symptoms, stay at home and call your healthcare provider as soon as possible to know what to do. This way you make sure not to infect other people. Only go outside if you have had no health problems for 24 hours.
- Breastfeeding and COVID-19
Breastfeeding is fine even if you are infected with the disease. However, if you are severely ill you can ask another person to get your breastmilk being pumped and give it to your child. Breastfeeding has lots of health benefits which is why it is highly recommended for mothers to breastfeed. If you are going to give your child breastfeed, make sure you are using your face coverings, your hands are washed, and/or if you pumped your breastmilk your bottles are well washed.
- Children Being Less Likely To Be Infected Than Adults
There have been few reported cases showing that children are infected with COVID-19 worldwide. Children who were infected had fewer symptoms than adults. In children who are infected and with underlying health conditions, the course of the disease could be more severe.