Covid In Early Pregnancy: What You Should Know
The novel coronavirus pandemic, also known as Covid-19, has turned the world upside down. Worries about virus risks and hospital shortages have some pregnant women particularly concerned about changes to their healthcare. In this blog, we’ll dive into Covid-19 in early pregnancy and what you should know.
Understanding Covid-19 Early in Pregnancy
Physicians and researchers are still learning as much as they can about Covid-19’s risks to pregnant women. In preliminary findings, it looks as though pregnant women are more likely to experience a more severe infection than the general public. The current findings suggest pregnant women should remain extra cautious and take every precaution possible, and CDC guidelines recommend pregnant women take the same precautions as everyone else.
Safe Practices for Covid-19 in Early Pregnancy
During the first trimester, it’s important to observe the following guidance to reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19:
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.
- Wear a face mask when in public and social distance from individuals who are not in your household.
- Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids.
- Refrain from smoking cigars, cigarettes, and e-cigarettes.
- If you’re feeling sick, contact your healthcare provider right away.
Covid-19 and the Risks to You and Baby
Research suggests the risk to you and your baby from Covid-19 is low, but there are precautions healthcare providers take to reduce the risk of transmission. For example, pregnant women being treated for Covid-19 receive an antiviral called Hydroxychloroquine in an effort to reduce the risk of passing the virus to their baby.
In addition, pregnant women who contract Covid-19 may need to be admitted to the hospital for monitoring and receive oxygen therapy if needed. Doctors may also perform a range of tests, including ultrasounds scans, to check on your baby’s health.
Talk to Your Healthcare Provider
If you’re pregnant and have questions about Covid-19, it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider. They can provide the latest evidence-based guidelines and answer any questions you may have.
And, most importantly, they can help alleviate any anxiety or concerns you may have.
Covid-19 in early pregnancy is a serious concern. It’s important for pregnant women to observe guidance from health professionals, such as washing your hands regularly and wearing a face mask, social distancing and refraining from smoking. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any questions about Covid-19 in early pregnancy.
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