17 things You Need to Know About Pregnancy and Covid-19
- 🦠 It is still unknown if pregnancy increases a woman’s risk of getting COVID-19 or if the illness is more serious.
- 🦠Pregnancy can suppress the immune system making patients more susceptible to infections in general.
- 🦠All pregnant patients, should practice social distancing and good hygiene.
- 🦠Mother-to-child transmission of coronavirus during pregnancy is unlikely, but after birth a newborn is susceptible to person-to-person spread.
- 🦠Other corona viruses have not caused higher rates of miscarriage or stillbirth in infected pregnant women, when compared to the general population.
- 🦠A high fever early in pregnancy may increase the risk of certain birth defects, and influenza (flu) has been associated with complications like low birth weight and preterm birth.
- 🦠Currently, the virus has not been detected in amniotic fluid or breast milk.
- 🦠Although COVID-19 has not been detected in breastmilk, it can be transmitted to the infant during breastfeeding if the mother is infected.
- 🦠If a mother chooses to breastfeed, it is recommended that mothers wear face masks and wash their hands before and after each feeding.
- 🦠If a mother uses a breast pump, it is advised that all bottles and parts are thoroughly cleaned before and after each feed as well.
- 🦠At this time, our knowledge is limited however patients are encouraged to express their questions and concerns to their providers for guidance.
- 🦠Research and case studies have begun in order to gain knowledge on COVID-19 in relation to pregnancy for future patients to come.
- 🦠Hospitals are taking great precautions and following stringent infection-prevention protocols in order to keep patients, families and healthcare providers safe.
- 🦠To reduce risk of contamination at @cedarssinai, one support person is allowed to accompany the patient during labor and delivery.
- 🦠After the patient is transported to postpartum, the support person must leave.
- 🦠It may be possible to go home sooner than you normally would after birth, as long as you feel well and your birth was uncomplicated. Ask your OB.
- 🦠Try not to worry and remember to enjoy your pregnancy. We’re here for you.💙
About Dr. Thaïs Aliabadi
As one of the nation’s leading obstetricians, Dr. Thaïs Aliabadi offers the very best in gynecology and obstetrics care. Together with her warm professional team, Dr. Aliabadi supports women through all phases of life. She fosters a special one-on-one relationship between patient and doctor.
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