Pregnancy and #covid19
Here’s what you need to know: 🦠It is still unknown if pregnancy increases a woman’s risk of getting COVID-19 or if the illness is more serious.
🦠Pregnancy can suppress the immune system making patients more susceptible to infections in general. 🦠All pregnant patients, should practice social distancing and good hygiene. 🦠Mother-to-child transmission of coronavirus during pregnancy is unlikely, but after birth a newborn is susceptible to person-to-person spread. 🦠Other coronaviruses have not caused higher rates of miscarriage or stillbirth in infected pregnant women, when compared to the general population. 🦠A high fever early in pregnancy may increase the risk of certain birth defects, and influenza (flu) has been associated with complications like low birth weight and preterm birth. 🦠Currently, the virus has not been detected in amniotic fluid or breastmilk.🦠Although COVID-19 has not been detected in breastmilk, it can be transmitted to the infant during breastfeeding if the mother is infected. 🦠If a mother chooses to breastfeed, it is recommended that mothers wear facemasks and wash their hands before and after each feeding. 🦠If a mother uses a breast pump, it is advised that all bottles and parts are thoroughly cleaned before and after each feed as well.🦠At this time, our knowledge is limited however patients are encouraged to express their questions and concerns to their providers for guidance. 🦠Research and case studies have begun in order to gain knowledge on COVID-19 in relation to pregnancy for future patients to come.
🦠Hospitals are taking great precautions and following stringent infection-prevention protocols in order to keep patients, families and healthcare providers safe. 🦠To reduce risk of contamination at @cedarssinai
, one support person is allowed to accompany the patient during labor and delivery. 🦠After the patient is transported to postpartum, the support person must leave.🦠It may be possible to go home sooner than you normally would after birth, as long as you feel well and your birth was uncomplicated. Ask your OB. 🦠Try not to worry and remember to enjoy your pregnancy. We’re here for you.💙