Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Pregnancy

March 12, 2020

Coronavirus. It seems to be taking over social media timelines, the news, and conversation everywhere. Some say it’s media hype. Others are building bunkers and buying every roll of toilet paper on the shelf. If you’re pregnant and want to know the  basics, we’ve tried to condense the information (or lack thereof) here. No hype.

According to the most up-to-date information from the CDC and ACOG, there’s still little to no information on how COVID-19 effects pregnant people. Awesome. So what do we know about this virus during pregnancy?

Because of the many changes the body goes through during pregnancy, the immune system is compromised. This leaves those expecting with a higher susceptibility to catching respiratory viruses, like COVID-19. As is the case with similar viruses like this one, those pregnant are at a higher risk for “severe illness, morbidity, and mortality.”* This isn’t news though. The same goes for those who contract the flu while pregnant. Still serious, but nothing new to the list of health risks during pregnancy.

When it comes to the symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) of COVID-19, like any virus or sickness one can get while pregnant, the highest risk to the baby is during the first trimester. High fever during early pregnancy can be dangerous, should be taken seriously, and treated immediately.

Those who test positive for COVID-19 and are going to give birth should be hopeful. According to the CDC, “in limited recent case series of infants born to mothers with COVID-19 published in the peer-reviewed literature, none of the infants have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. Additionally, virus was not detected in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk.”* Although this came from limited data, it shows no immediate and finite risk during birth and beyond.

This is a virus that needs to run its course through the body. While there is no specific treatment for it yet, people are recovering from it with time and medical care.

The CDC has the same advice for those who are pregnant as they do for those who are not:

-Wash your hands.

-Avoid people who are sick.

-Stay at home.

And we’ll add one of our own:

-Take a nap.

Find direct information here and as always discuss concerns with your care provider:

* https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/pregnancy-faq.html

https://m.acog.org/Clinical-Guidance-and-Publications/Practice-Advisories/Practice-Advisory-Novel-Coronavirus2019

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