During lockdown in this pandemic, many couples planned pregnancies and had children. It felt safe because most people were in their homes.
However, now that the coronavirus and its various forms have emerged with greater vibrancy and contagiousness, there are many fears.
If pregnant females are exposed to any of the Covid-19s, they require more intensive care and are more likely than other people to experience the severity of the disease.
Women who are pregnant and are also older and overweight along with conditions such as Diabetes, or High blood pressure are more likely to face the severity of Covid-19.
Pregnancy brings about changes in the body’s immune system. Therefore, if you are carrying a baby, you should exercise extreme caution and report a cough, fever, or shortness of breath immediately.
Should Pregnant Women Get Vaccinated?
Studies have confirmed that there is no risk to the health of the mother or fetus if the vaccine dose is taken.
Vaccines have reportedly produced much more antibodies by vaccination than people who have made antibodies by infection (corona disease). Being pregnant does not diminish your eligibility as a candidate.
How Can Pregnant Females Protect Themselves from the Corona?
The safety protocol against Covid-19 for pregnant women is the same as for others.
- Wash your hands periodically with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Keep a physical distance of 2 meters from people.
- Try to avoid crowded places and stay at home as much as you can.
- Wear a non-medical mask made of cloth when distance is not possible.
- Drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest to keep your immune system strong.
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth.
- Go for a walk wearing a mask and keep a distance of 2 meters from people with whom you do not live.
- Follow respiratory hygiene – use a bent elbow instead of hands for sneezing and coughing. Cover your mouth with a paper towel and dispose of it immediately.
- Contact a doctor immediately if you have fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
- Avoid traveling.
Pregnant women should follow regular appointments and stay in touch with their doctors.
Does the COVID-19 virus pass from a pregnant woman to her baby?
There is no conclusive evidence to show the transmission of the virus from mother to baby in the womb, or during childbirth.
Uterine fluid and breast milk samples were tested for active coronavirus by researchers, but found negative.
Are You Worried About the Hospital Stay After Delivery?
All the hospital staff and best gynecologists are working hard to ensure that you are not at any risk of infection. Due to this fewer people are allowed to come to the hospital.
At Eva Hospital Ludhiana, we ensure that the ward is disinfected at all times and staff are vaccinated.
Everyone is routinely examined and asked to wear PPE while taking care of patients in the maternity ward as our utmost priority is your health.
All precautions are being taken to minimize the risks of exposure. If you wish, you can go home sooner than you did after delivery, as long as you feel well and delivery was normal.
How to feed a baby if you have the Covid-19 virus?
The WHO recommends that women should continue to breastfeed their babies, even if they test positive for coronavirus or have suspicious symptoms.
This is because the benefits of breastfeeding far outweigh the risks of covid infection.
Also, the virus does not pass through breast milk to the baby. However, the mother should follow the hygiene rules mentioned above. She should wash her hands before and after feeding the baby.
Also, it is mandatory for a mother to wear a medical mask when coming in contact with her child. Both close contact and breastfeeding are very helpful for a baby’s health, well-being and immunity.
Is a Corona Test Necessary for Pregnant Women?
Testing protocols for pregnant women may vary from state to state. In most places, it is not mandatory for them to get tested during pregnancy, unless they have symptoms of fever or cough, etc.
However, just before delivery, the Covid-19 test is performed as a precautionary measure.
WHO recommends that if a pregnant woman is found to have symptoms of the corona, she should be tested on top priority.
Planning a Pregnancy in the Corona Pandemic
Pregnancy and childbirth are natural processes in societies and should not be delayed or postponed. Doctors have conclusively said that people can get vaccinated, plan their families, and conceive.
If a person becomes pregnant after the first injection, she can proceed normally with the second injection of the vaccine.