With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, more and more people battle with anxiety. Pregnant mamas not exempted. Expectant moms have enough on their plates without adding another possible complication to the list. You have questions that deserve to be answered, fears that need to be allayed and concerns on how to keep your baby safe. That’s why i decided to write this post to give you the information you need.
Am I at higher risk of contacting Covid-19?
Based on available information, pregnant women seem to be at equal risk as other adults that means you are no more or less likely to contract the virus than everyone else.
Will corona virus cause a miscarriage?
Across the world emerging reports suggest some babies have been born prematurely to women who were very unwell with corona virus. It is unclear whether corona virus caused these premature births, or whether it was recommended that the baby was born early for the benefit of the women’s health and to enable her to recover. High fevers early in pregnancy could lead to problems like birth defects or miscarriage and high fever as well as dehydration in the second or third trimester could lead to preterm labor
Can Covid-19 be transferred to my unborn baby?
The risk of passing the infection to a fetus appears to be very low. Currently there is no evidence of any fetal malformations or effects due to maternal infection with COVID-19. As this is a new virus, there is limited evidence about caring for women with corona virus infection when they have just given birth. A small number of babies have been diagnosed with corona virus shortly after birth, so there is a chance that infection may have occurred in the womb, but it is not certain whether transmission was before or soon after birth.
Should I still go for antenatal during lockdown?
Irrespective of where things stand maternity care will always remain essential in order to reduce complications in pregnant women and babies. Pregnant women should not be avoiding their prenatal checkups.not attending antenatal care is risky for mother and child.That’s why women are still advised to go to their appointments and not suddenly make drastic changes like having home births.
If you are concerned about your or your baby’s well being, including the baby’s movements, it remains of critical importance that you seek advice and care from maternity services without delay.
How can I protect myself from contracting the virus?
The best way to ensure continued health and safety for you and your baby is to adhere to the same precautions as the general public
- Regularly clean your hands using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces on a daily basis.
- Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible
- If possible, stay home for the entire duration of the pregnancy except for ante-natal care hospital visits.
- Eat healthy and nutritious meals.
- Ensure adequate bed rest.
- Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
- Let your doctor know if you are experiencing any symptoms of the virus
Will hospitals be able to take my delivery during lockdown
Hospitals and health care facilities in Nigeria remain open despite the lockdown and should not affect your delivery. You should keep in touch with your doctor in order to stay updated if there are any new developments. Be sure to make arrangements for transportation and who will take care of your other children(if you have any) while you are away.
All deliveries should go on as normal. The only exception being if the mother is Covid 19 positive, or manifesting symptoms of the virus. That being said, expectant moms may be required to wear a face mask. Other than that ,the highest hygiene practices will be observed as always to ensure health and safety of mother and child.
Once I have given birth, what can I do to protect my newborn from the COVID-19 virus?
Children, including newborns, do not appear to be at high risk of becoming seriously unwell with the virus. However, close observation of hygiene, as always, is important and particularly with family members resident in the house. Keep it simple: stick to just your family and don’t ask for visitors right now. Caution should be taken against large family gatherings to celebrate your baby’s arrival until the virus is contained. Anyone who enters the home should take standard hygiene precautions, including washing their hands, and be careful about handling your baby if they have symptoms of any illness including the coronavirus
It is important that your baby is feeding well and gaining weight and if you have any concerns please contact your midwife. Do not put off seeking medical advice if you have concerns about your baby’s health during the pandemic. Seek medical advice if your baby has a fever, lethargy, irritability, poor feeding, or any other symptoms you may have concerns about.
Does the virus live in breast milk?
No. There is no evidence showing that the virus can be carried or passed on in breast milk. The well-recognized benefits of breastfeeding and the protection it offers to babies outweigh any potential risks of transmission of corona virus through breast milk.
With the virus being a new strain, a lot of things are still unclear and many questions still unanswered. There is still insufficient complete information regarding pregnancy outcomes and Coronavirus so far because of too few cases reported. However trusted and accurate information will always be released by the Ministry of Health or Nigeria Centre for Disease Control
You can find the latest information and advice by contacting NCDC on: NCDC Toll-free Number: 0800-9700 0010, https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/guidelines.php, Twitter and Facebook: @NCDCgov
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