While the Covid 19 Virus is a great worry for all of us, it is of particular concern for Mothers to be. The WHO website has some information regarding Covid 19 and Pregnancy but as of yet very little is known. Research is currently underway to understand the impacts of the COVID 19 infection on pregnant women and at present there is no evidence to suggest that they are at higher risk of severe illness than the general population.
However, due to changes in your body and immune system, we know that pregnant women can be badly affected by some respiratory infections. It is therefore important that you take precautions to protect yourself against this nasty against Virus Covid, and report possible symptoms (including fever, cough or difficulty breathing) to your healthcare provider.
Expectant mothers should take the same precautions to avoid COVID-19 infection as others. You can help protect yourself by:
- Washing your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Keeping space between yourselves and others and avoiding crowded spaces.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Practicing respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
If you have fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Call before going to a health facility, and follow the directions of your local health authority.
Pregnant women and women who have recently delivered – including those affected by COVID-19 – should attend their routine care appointments.
It is still not known if a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus to her baby during pregnancy or delivery. To date, the active virus has not been found in samples of amniotic fluid or breast milk. Transmission of active COVID-19 (virus that can cause infection) through breast milk and breastfeeding has not been detected to date, so there is no reason to avoid or stop breastfeeding.
WHO (World Health Organisation ) https://www.who.int/ and our own Health Service Executive https://www.hse.ie/eng/ continue to review and update its information and advice as more evidence becomes available.
Both information and advice is free, so we here at Maternity and More recommend you take a read of the above articles to stay happy and healthy during your pregnancy.
Stay safe! stay well ! and follow the Government guidlines https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/472f64-covid-19-coronavirus-guidance-and-advice/