Having a baby is a beautiful, life-changing experience that brings with it many tasks and emotions as expectant parents prepare for the arrival of a newborn. Those tasks may become even more overwhelming as moms across the country adjust to pregnancy during the pandemic.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention due to the novelty of COVID-19 experts are uncertain of its effects on women during pregnancy. However, there is currently no evidence that suggests women who are pregnant face a greater risk of contracting the coronavirus.
Are There Risks of Transmission During Childbirth?
Although well-studied viruses such as Zika, measles, and HIV are known to be able to spread from mom to baby, experts believe that because COVID is a respiratory virus it cannot be passed during delivery.
According to the CDC, there is also no evidence that the coronavirus can be passed during breastfeeding and it has not been detected in breastmilk. Fetal-maternal doctors are watching closely to ensure the safety of both mom and baby during and after childbirth.
Protective Measures During Pregnancy
Being pregnant during the pandemic doesn’t mean you have to surrender the excitement out of fear of contracting the virus. If you are pregnant there are a few measures you can take to reduce the risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and still celebrate your new child.
Get creative! Practice social distancing by having a drive-thru baby shower as opposed to the traditional option. Have a virtual announcement party or post fun progress photos on social media. You could also discuss with your doctor if telemedicine visits are possible to monitor pregnancy. Home births may also be an option for expecting moms looking to reduce exposure by staying out of hospitals.
As always, you should continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC for protecting against COVID;
- Clean your hands often
- Avoid close contact
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean and disinfect