Last year was filled with anxiety, stress, and a constant sense of the unknown. One thing is for sure, COVID-19 has impacted the lives of all of us. Parents are concerned about their children, older adults are at the highest risk, and pregnant women wonder if it will infect their unborn babies.
Pregnancy and COVID-19
According to a Harvard Medical Study, pregnant women “are just as likely as the general public to develop symptoms if infected with the new coronavirus.” In other words, being pregnant does not make you more susceptible to getting the disease.
What We Know About Pregnancy and COVID-19
A study in Los Angeles included 134 pregnant women who tested positive for the disease. More than 82% of the women had symptoms. Of those who had already given birth, none of their babies were infected. These results suggest the virus does not spread through the amniotic fluid or across the placenta.
Interestingly, a recent study of 215 pregnant women at two New York hospitals found a few of the women tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms. Of the 33 women who tested positive, 29 (or 88%) did not have symptoms. These results reveal how it is possible for many people to have the virus and not even know it.
The Harvard Medical Study also cited a smaller study that suggested mothers with COVID-19 did not spread the virus to babies in their breast milk. It is recommended that if you choose to breastfeed to be sure and wear a cloth mask, wash your hands thoroughly, and always cough into a tissue. Never put a mask on a baby under the age of two.
How have Pregnancy Medical Clinics responded?
Pregnancy medical clinics across the nation rapidly responded to the ever-changing requirements for taking care of patients during the outbreak.
Most clinics, to keep patients and employees safe, require an online form to be completed before an appointment. Many updated their intake procedures, conducting visits in one room only, taking temperatures at the door, and limiting the number of people, all in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Options for Women continues to see clients while following strict guidelines. Here is what we recommend:
- Avoid close contact with others by following the social distancing rule of 6 feet.
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.
- Use hand sanitizer if hand washing is not available.
- If you have any questions, our medical professionals are happy to talk with you and answer more specifically what you may be wondering.
Please contact us to schedule an appointment for free and confidential pregnancy services today. We’re here with open doors because we know your needs don’t wait.