Pregnancy and COVID-19

Because the situation surrounding COVID-19 is constantly evolving, some information may not be up to date. Stay informed by following information from your local officials and by visiting the CDC website.

Pregnant in a Pandemic!

            You’re pregnant! Since the little strip on that pregnancy test turned pink, it has likely been a very emotional time. It is incredible to have a human life living and growing inside of you. But we know that with this new journey may also come with some fear and questions as well. One of the biggest questions during this time being “what does COVID-19 or coronavirus mean for me and my baby?” If you have asked yourself this, you are not alone and we are here to answer your questions! If you don’t know if you’re pregnant call us 863-393-6988 to schedule an appointment today.

Am I at a higher risk of getting COVID-19?

            We understand that COVID is something that we feel like we have been dealing with for forever, but really it is a sickness that is still being researched. So, there may be some fears not only from COVID, but especially being pregnant during the pandemic. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) lists pregnant women as an at-risk population, meaning that they are more at-risk if they get sick.  Currently there is NO evidence to suggest pregnant women are necessarily more susceptible to COVID-19 than their non-pregnant counterparts. 

What can I do to prevent getting Covid-19?

            There are many things you can do to benefit your immune system. Some examples include exercising, drinking water, getting enough sleep, and taking Vitamin C, and Vitamin D3 supplements. It is also very important to wash your hands regularly with soap and water, wear a mask when around others and social distancing by maintaining at least a 6 feet distance from anyone you do not live with.  You should also ensure that meat is cooked until well-done, avoid consuming raw or unpasteurized dairy products, and avoid sharing utensils and food with other people.

It is also important to keep up with your scheduled prenatal appointments to make sure you and your baby are healthy. 

If I get COVID-19 how will it affect me?

            Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are the same in women who are pregnant as they would be in any other adults. If you notice any of the following it could be signs of COVID-19: fever, chills, cough, headache, loss of taste or smell, muscle aches, pain, sore throat or congestion.  For a full list of COVID symptoms here

            You may be wondering how to tell the difference between COVID symptoms and normal symptoms of pregnancy. The best way to tell the difference is to monitor symptoms that are not normal during pregnancy such as fever or loss of taste or smell. If you have any questions or concerns, call your doctor and share your concerns with them.

            Data shows that pregnant women may be at a higher risk for severe illness than their non-pregnant peers. This means that when you are pregnant, you should be extra careful and aware of your symptoms, taking extra measures to protect yourself.

How will COVID-19 affect my baby?

            There is not yet enough research on the spread of COVID-19 from a pregnant mother to her baby. This also means there is not enough data to show the relationship of having COVID-19 and miscarrying or losing the baby.  If you get COVID-19 you should contact your prenatal care provider to discuss your concerns and to get guidance in how best to take care of yourself and your unborn baby.

I’m anxious/ depressed about being pregnant and getting COVID-19 what should I do?

            Anxiety and depression are common occurrences during times like this. The added stress of a pandemic naturally puts pregnant women at an increased risk for health anxiety. Health anxiety is a type of anxiety related to worrying over one’s health status to the point that they become severely anxious or depressed. If you feel like you’re experiencing increased anxiety or depression, contact your doctor for further discussion of your concerns.

            Having a baby is a new and exciting chapter of life. However, with COVID in your life it can be stressful and disheartening. The best thing to do to reduce your stress and anxiety is to be informed. Hopefully this has helped to ease some of those feelings. For more information regarding COVID-19, the CDC is a great resource.

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