Hello, soon-to-be parents. What’s your experience been like with pregnancy during COVID-19?
As a mom with two kids , some of my favorite memories are from when I was an expectant mother. I can’t imagine what it’s like being pregnant during the pandemic. However, I hope that these practical tips can help ease your anxiety even just a little bit.
When thinking about COVID-19 and pregnancy combined, you might be overwhelmed by fear and stress. But according to the CDC, there’s no additional risk of fetal health problems or miscarriage even if mothers are infected with COVID-19.
No evidence confirms that the virus can be transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy or childbirth. The novel coronavirus hasn’t been detected in amniotic fluid, the placenta, or in breastmilk.
To wear a mask or not wear a mask while breastfeeding? I asked our families pediatrician and he said no need. And I quote, “any virus infecting the mom will cause antibodies to be secreted in the milk protecting your baby.” But always consulate your own doctor for their expertise and input.
Putting a face shield or mask on your newborn is not recommended due to concerns that it could increase the risk of suffocation, so it’s up to you to take all the COVID-19 precautions for you and your little one.
Here are some helpful reminders to keep safe if you’re pregnant during the pandemic.
You might be afraid to set medical appointments because of the emphasis on practicing social distancing and staying at home.
Talk to your healthcare provider about available special considerations. You might be surprised at how much clinics and hospitals have adapted to the new normal.
Obstetricians and midwives now typically offer over-the-phone appointments. Of course, there will be times when face-to-face checkups are unavoidable. In these cases, be mindful of safety guidelines and limit contact with other people as much as possible.
The clinic or hospital of your choice will likely have staffing contingencies in place, but for your peace of mind, it helps to have a plan B.
If you can, coordinate with your family and healthcare provider to arrange for more than one option, facility-wise, during the big day. Know who to call, who will be there, etc. Also, don’t forget to pack a hospital bag. Have it ready weeks before your due date.
It’s never been more important for you to relax and take care of yourself. Let quarantine measures work for you: stay home, do breathing exercises, and unwind while reading a book or watching your favorite movies.
Don’t forget that pregnancy during COVID-19 is still a time for celebration! Eat and drink well, and look forward to holding your little one in your arms when the time comes.
There’s no proof that being pregnant makes you more prone to getting COVID-19 or less likely to recover. However, you might experience more severe symptoms if you’re exposed to the virus.
Please be careful and vigilant. Follow COVID-19 safety guidelines and take things easy while you’re expecting. Encourage everyone you’re in contact with to maintain social distancing, wear masks, and make hand washing a habit.
Wishing you all the love and luck, mamas!