Corona in pregnancy, Is it more dangerous?
If you are pregnant then it is must that you must take especial care of yourself. Here are the vital tips to protect yourself against corona virus infections.
Covid-19, the disease caused by a new corona virus, has rapidly spreaded globally. The WHO announces covid-19 as a pandemic. Many of pregnant woman have questions about impact of disease on them and their babies. Here are some of question’s answer related to pregnant woman and corona virus.
What can I do to protect myself against corona virus?
As you know this virus spread through droplets of infected person, if he/she coughs or sneezes. It may also spread if someone touches infected surfaces and then touches their mouth, nose or eyes without washing hands.
The most important steps are:-
- Practice proper hand hygiene by washing your hand with rubbing at least 20 seconds with soap.
- Avoid Touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
- Avoid gathering of more than 2-3 persons.
- Maintain social distance.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with tissue or bend elbow to protect others and ask other to do same if they have cough or sneeze.
- Hydration and proper rest are also important for maintain your immune system better.
How serious it will be for pregnant woman if they get infection Covid-19?
This is novel virus, everything is not known till now but according to experts pregnant woman are just as likely as or possibly more likely than the general public to develop symptoms if they are infected with covid-19. At present information suggest mild to moderate symptoms.
If pregnant woman gets infection from covid-19 then what is the risk of passing infection to fetus or newborn?
Recent study of nine pregnant women who were infected by corona virus and their babies were not affected by the virus. The virus was not present in amniotic fluid, babies’ throats, or in breast milk. The risk of passing infection through placenta is very low and there is also no evidence of any malformation due to covid-19. However after delivery it is possible to get infection to your baby through contact of infected person.
Can I breast feed my baby if tested positive for covid-19?
Currently there is no evidence of the virus present in breast milk and its only spread through respiratory droplets, so mother should wash their hand and cover her face completely before exposure to baby and in this way she can breast feed.