The world is currently facing a pandemic in the form of COVID-19. Because COVID-19 is a new virus, not an extensive amount is known about it and there is new information coming out daily. As a pregnant woman, you may feel stressed out and vulnerable during these uncertain times – whether far along in your pregnancy or having just recently found out you’re with child. However, it is important to try and remain calm and try and make the best of the situation. Our expert obstetrician in Durban provides answers to a few FAQs concerning pregnancy and COVID-19.
Are Pregnant Women More At Risk Of Contracting COVID-19?
Currently there isn’t any evidence that shows that pregnant women are any more at risk of contracting COVID-19 than the average person. That being said, if a pregnant woman had to contract the virus, she would be considered as a more vulnerable patient and would most likely experience more extreme symptoms should she be symptomatic. This is not based on any COVID-19 case studies, but this has rather been deduced from looking at how pregnant women have reacted to other viral infections in comparison to the general public.
Should A Pregnant Women Continue With Her Prenatal Appointments
The prenatal visits you have with your obstetrician are essential in your maternal and foetal health, but with all of the social distancing measures in place you may want to decrease your contact with the outside world as much as possible or ask the doctor to make home visits.
The best thing is to call your obstetrician and see what new measures they are implementing to ensure safety and the reduction of viral spreading. They may be prolonging the intervals between visits or may advise you to buy certain equipment to monitor your health at home.
What Can Pregnant Women Do To Decrease Their Risk?
The measures you can take to reduce your risk of contracting the virus include:
- Increased hygiene
- Abiding by social distancing measures
- Regular hand washing
- Avoid touching your face
- Staying home while other members of the family conduct shopping trips and errands
Should Pregnant Women Contract The Virus, Will They Pass It Onto Their Baby?
There are currently very few studies on this subject but a recent study of nine pregnant women who were infected with COViD-19, and who were symptomatic, did not pass the virus onto their unborn babies. The risk of passing on the virus to your unborn or newborn baby appears to be low, but extra precautionary measures should still be taken.
Looking for a professional and knowledgeable obstetrician in Durban? Both Dr L Augustine and Dr N Parikh are experts in their fields. Feel free to contact us and book an appointment today or call our practice for advice and if you need further questions answered.