Coronavirus and Pregnancy
While the world is learning more about Coronavirus (COVID-19) everyday, expectant couples wonder if it will affect the pregnancy and their unborn child. The fertility doctors in Manhattan at Sher Fertility Institute New York discuss the latest facts from the CDC about COVID-19 as it relates to pregnant women.
- It is still unknown whether pregnant women are at a higher risk of contracting the virus, or whether their symptoms would be worse than the general public. Generally, pregnant women are more likely to catch illnesses due to changes in their bodies.
- Pregnant women should take the same precautions as others to prevent getting sick:
- Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when there is no access to soap and water.
- Avoid sick people and large groups (more than 10 people).
- Only leave the house when absolutely necessary, such as for doctor appointments. When leaving the house, stay at least 6 feet away from others to avoid spreading germs.
- When possible, have your partner or someone who is healthy do the grocery shopping or pick up prescriptions on your behalf, or use a delivery service.
- Avoid touching your face, as germs enter our system through our eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Use tissues to sneeze, cough, and wipe your eyes, then toss it after each single use.
- It is still too early to tell if contracting Coronavirus will cause problems during pregnancy or childbirth. The CDC has reported that some women experienced preterm birth, but it is unknown if this is directly correlated to testing positive for COVID-19 or due to other factors.
- The latest reports have shown that babies born to women with Coronavirus are not testing positive for the virus. The virus has also not been found in amniotic fluid or breastmilk yet.
- For women who wish to breastfeed, it is recommended to wash hands before touching your baby and wearing a face mask while feeding. When pumping or feeding via bottles, be sure to wash hands before touching pump and bottle pieces and to disinfect the pieces after each use.
As we learn more, our reproductive specialists will be sure to keep you informed. Contact Sher Fertility Institute New York in Manhattan if you have any pregnancy questions during the COVID-19 pandemic, or visit the CDC website to learn more.