Coronavirus and Pregnancy

Gynecology, Obstetrics and IVF Specialist Op. Dr. Seval Taşdemir has told you the information about the corona virus and pregnancy so far.

We are still in the process of learning about the corona virus (COVID-19) and what it will cause. We do not yet have conclusive findings on how it affects pregnant women and their babies. We also don’t know at this time whether pregnant women have a greater chance of getting sick from COVID-19 than the general public, or whether they’re more likely to get serious illness as a result. Pregnant women experience changes in their bodies that can increase the risk of certain infections. Women with viruses in the same family as COVID-19 and other viral respiratory infections such as influenza have a higher risk of developing serious illness. It is always important for pregnant women to protect themselves from diseases.

How can pregnant women protect themselves against the virus?

Pregnant women should be much more compliant with all warnings to avoid infection. Cover your cough (using your elbow is a good technique). Avoid people who are sick. Clean your hands frequently using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Can COVID-19 cause problems in pregnancy?

We do not currently know whether COVID-19 will cause problems during pregnancy or affect the health of the baby after birth.

Can COVID-19 be passed from a pregnant woman to a fetus or newborn?

According to current information on whether a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can transmit the virus that causes COVID-19 to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or childbirth, a baby born to a mother with COVID-19 in Wuhan has also been found to be positive for the COVID-19 virus.

If a pregnant woman has COVID-19 during pregnancy, will it harm the baby?

We do not currently know if there are any risks to the babies of a pregnant woman with COVID-19. There have been few reported problems with pregnancy or delivery (for example, preterm birth) in babies born to mothers who tested positive for COVID-19 during their pregnancy. However, it is unclear whether these results are related to maternal infection.

Does COVID-19 pass through breast milk?

Not much is known about how COVID-19 spreads. Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly by respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to the spread of flu and other respiratory pathogens. In limited studies of other viruses to date, no viruses have been detected in breast milk; however, we do not yet know about the risks for mothers with COVID-19 to transmit the virus through breast milk.

Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most babies. However, not much is known about COVID-19. Whether she will start or continue breastfeeding should be determined by the mother in coordination with her family and doctors. A mother with confirmed COVID-19 should take all possible precautions to avoid transmitting the virus to her baby, including washing her hands before touching the baby and, if possible, wearing a face mask while feeding her breast. If breastmilk is being collected with a manual or electric breast pump, the mother should wash her hands before touching anything and follow the recommendations for proper pump cleaning after each use.

Attention should be paid to the symptoms of the corona virus

One of the corona virus symptoms is high fever. This can increase the risk of complications in the first trimester (weeks 0-13). If you are pregnant and have a high fever, you should see a doctor immediately.

Remember, when you’re pregnant, your body naturally weakens your immune system. This is to help your pregnancy continue successfully. This means you can get infections more easily when you are pregnant. You should take all the necessary precautions against the corona virus. You should stay away from crowded environments, follow all hygiene rules, pay attention to mouth and throat health, eat healthy, sleep regularly and take regular walks in the open air.

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