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May 25th, 2021
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Pregnancy during COVID 19: All You Need To Know

Research is still ongoing on the risks of COVID-19 infection in pregnant women

COVID-19 pregnancies are at a higher risk of leading to preterm births

Symptomatic COVID-19 cases are more likely in the third trimester

Findings as per the CDC showed that expectant mothers with COVID-19 were more likely to need intensive care. Medical information pertaining to what happens in case of a pregnancy during COVID-19 is still a matter of ongoing research, however you can get more clarity on the risks of COVID-19 infection in pregnant women with these pointers.

Pregnant women have a higher risk of developing respiratory distress 

As per Cynthia DeTata, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, “…seasonal flu, and prior SARS and MERS infections were more severe in pregnant women.” While there is lack of data to confirm the same when it comes to COVID-19, it is imperative for families to prioritise healthcare for expectant mothers during these times to mitigate risk.

Additional Read: Ultimate Guide for Covid-19

Symptomatic COVID-19 cases may be linked to those in the third trimester 

A study conducted under the UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS), found that a significant majority of the women that became severely ill due to the coronavirus were found to be in their third trimester. So, take more precautions during this time. 

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COVID-19 pregnancies are at a higher risk of preterm births 

As per data from hospitals and healthcare centres in northern Italy, hospitalised pregnant women could be at a higher risk for preterm or premature births and caesarean deliveries.

Newborns can be infected by the virus and exhibit clinical signs of infection 

In a case report analysing 33 pregnant women infected with the virus, findings showed that 3 of the newborns were also infected. These newborns exhibited respiratory distress symptoms, mainly shortness of breath. 

Additional Read: Everything to know about COVID-19 care

Precautions to adhere to for a safe pregnancy during COVID-19 pandemic

  • Maintain good personal hygiene, especially for your hands and face. 
  • Follow social distancing norms and stay at home as much as possible. 
  • Avoid those showing any symptoms of the virus. 
  • Get vaccinated for the flu to protect yourself against influenza. 
  • Stay alert to any respiratory symptoms you may begin to exhibit. 
  • Opt for virtual consultation. This is the safer route to get care and medical advice until you absolutely must be present at a hospital. 
  • Stay away from large gatherings, even those that include family. Pregnant women are immunocompromised and at a greater risk of developing an illness.  

 While research on COVID-19 pregnancy issues is ongoing, it is important that you do all you can to avoid getting infected as an expectant mother.

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