The coronavirus pandemic can be a scary reality, being pregnant in the pandemic is an added stress and understandably causes women a huge deal of worry. As countries are left grappling with the enormity of the issue, it can feel overwhelming when you are growing a baby inside of you and all sense of normality and routine have gone out of the window.
We have complied the most asked pregnancy questions for you during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The official guidance on the management of COVID-19 for pregnant women
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and the Royal College of Midwives have released some helpful guidance on the management of the coronavirus in pregnant women. It states:
- A pregnant woman is not more susceptible to the consequences of COVID-19 than the general population and there is still no evidence suggesting that the virus can be transmitted to the baby during pregnancy.
- There is no known evidence that the virus can be transferred through breast milk. Experts also suggest that the benefits of breastfeeding will outweigh all the potential risks of transmitting the virus through breast milk.
- As a precautionary measure, a pregnant woman with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis needs to attend an obstetric unit when she goes into labour to make sure that she has everything she needs to deliver the baby safely. But the medical team will still follow her birth plan as much as possible.
How to take safe precautionary measures
There are a number of ways to keep you and your baby safe from Corona virus, they include:
- Avoid large gatherings and public places as much as you can. Stay at home instead and take this time to rest and relax. You will need it!
- Keep your distance from family members who are sick and politely ask friends and family to avoid visiting you if they are not feeling well.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitiser.
- Cover your mouth when coughing.
- Consult your Midwife or obstetrician if you feel unwell or if you think you may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
- If you have been asked to do self-quarantine after being in contact with someone infected with the virus, get in touch with your obstetrician or midwife and follow their instructions religiously.
Finally, WHO recommends that you start breastfeeding your baby within an hour after you gave birth along with skin-to-skin contact. This will help you give your baby the protection needed against infectious diseases by transferring antibodies and other critical immune factors to your baby through the breast milk.
There was a small study of pregnant women who tested positive for COVID and all of them delivered their babies safely through caesarean sections.
At Pregma, we believe in achieving the best possible pregnancy and birth for you possible. We have a fantastic team of pregnancy experts who are ready to help and expertly guide you through every aspect of your pregnancy and the pandemic. Please contact our team at… for more information.