As you all know COVID-19 has rapidly spread globally and 7 cases have already been confirmed in the country.
According to experts, expectant women are just as likely, or even more likely, to develop symptoms if they get the coronavirus. Current information suggests symptoms are likely to be mild to moderate.
There was a study of nine pregnant women who were infected with COVID-19 and had symptoms. The study showed that none of their babies caught the virus. The virus was not present in amniotic fluid, the babies’ throats, or in breast milk. The risk of passing the infection to the fetus appears to be very low, and there is no evidence of any fetal malformations or effects due to maternal infection with COVID-19.
If you do get coronavirus after your baby comes, there is also no evidence of the virus in breast milk. Because the virus travels through respiratory droplets, you should wash your hands and consider wearing a face mask to minimize your infant’s exposure to the virus.
How To Prevent Coronavirus Infection During Pregnancy
The most important step is to practice excellent hand hygiene by frequently washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
- You should also avoid large gatherings. Social distancing is important to limit the spread of the virus.
- If you have a mild cough or cold, stay at home and limit exposures to other people. This means no church-going or market outings.
- Sneeze and cough into a tissue that you discard immediately, or into your elbow, to avoid making others sick.
- Hydration and adequate rest also are important in maintaining the health of your immune system.
- You should, however, attend prenatal appointments. Be sure to speak with your doctor to work out a convenient arrangement.
- Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus. These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;
- Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible.
- Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this.
- Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs.
- Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
- Use telephone or online services to contact your doctor.