COVID-19 AND PREGNANCY – WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Background

COVID-19 is a form of pneumonia that was first detected in Wuhan, China.
On the 30th of January it was declared a public health emergency
On 11th February. WHO called it COVID-19
It’s signs and symptoms are close to that of a common cold or any other respiratory condition.

It’s important to know that it is not clear whether pregnant women are at a higher risk or not, but what we know is that pregnant women due to pregnancy already have a lower immune system than the general population. It is therefore important that pregnant women do everything in their power to avoid getting the infection


Mode of transmission
It is through droplet infection. When a person who has it coughs or sneezes. If you are close you can get it. It can stay for several hours before it dies
But virus dies by the use of a simple use of disinfectant
A research was conducted in Wuhan with 9 women in their last trimester of pregnancy. It was realized that none of them really got sick. They went ahead to have normal deliveries and all babies were healthy. It was reported by LANCET
signs and symptoms of COVID-19
➡️Fever
➡️Coughing
➡️Sneezing
➡️Diarrhea
➡️Symptoms could just look like having a common cold


What should you do if you suspect you are exposed to the virus
Monitor your vital signs, temperature, pulse and respiration. If you get respiratory symptoms, kindly call the numbers given for suspected cases if your temperature is high and you are having respiratory symptoms
What can pregnant women do to prevent getting infected ?
1.Avoid sick people
2.Avoid over crowded places
3.Wash your hands frequently with soap and water you can as well use hand sanitizers
4.Avoid touching your eyes etc
5.When coughing cover your mouth with your elbow to avoid possible spread
6.Take your prescribed medications to boost your immunity.
7.Take lots of water, rest
8.Vitamin C is also recommended
9. Use face mask to avoid spread
Can mothers with COVID-19 breastfeed?
According to WHO mothers can breastfeed but they should make sure they maintain respiratory hygiene.
Wear a face mask before breastfeeding to prevent transmission.
They should also wash hands before touching the bab to prevent infecting the baby.
If mother is uncomfortable or very sick breastfeeding alternatives will be given
Will COVID-19 hurt my baby?
Babies born to mothers with COVID-19 are healthy. They did not get the virus. Research has not found it in breastmilk or the amniotic fluid.

At Birth
Go with a limited number of people to prevent possible spread.
If you give birth within this period, make sure you limit visitors

ANTENATAL VISITS
It’s better to have more telephone calls, telemedicine etc. If you are stable and do not need certain procedures.
Activities should be combined to prevent going to the hospital frequently except you are sick or have an appointment.
Labs, scans etc can be done together to prevent going to the hospital frequently.
The hospital should not be overcrowded

More research is still ongoing to understand how it affects pregnancy. the back of your mind that even if a vaccine should come today, it will not be safe to try it on a pregnant woman
In conclusion please know that you are equally at risk of getting the virus.
Remember to protect yourself just like the general population and even more since you are pregnant and your immune system is already lower than the general population
So stay Safe!

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