Am I at Risk for COVID-19?

As research and data regarding the coronavirus pandemic continue to emerge, expecting mothers want to know if they hold an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. Both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) continue to provide updates.

We know these are uncertain times, but at Palm Valley Women's Care, it’s still our mission to provide high-quality obstetric and gynecologic care. As such, we want to help answer your questions, including those about COVID-19, as it pertains to your reproductive health. 

Here, we’re answering your question, “Am I at risk for COVID-19?”

Risk factors for contracting COVID-19

Whether you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or in menopause, certain underlying health conditions make you more at risk for complications associated with the coronavirus. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these risk factors include:

If you have any underlying health conditions, it’s essential to manage those conditions. For example, if you have diabetes (including gestational diabetes) continue to follow your current treatment plan.

Are pregnant women more at risk?

According to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, pregnant women experience immunological changes during pregnancy. This can increase a pregnant woman’s risk for any viral infection, not just COVID-19. In general, it’s good practice to follow good hygiene, especially during pregnancy. 

This includes:

In addition to following local guidelines and those set up by the CDC, continue to prioritize your prenatal appointments.

What if I get sick? 

Currently, there’s limited data on the effects of COVID-19 on pregnant women. If you suspect you’re infected, give us a call for further instructions.

If you’re breastfeeding and become infected, it’s safe to continue to pump milk for your baby. According to ACOG, breastmilk isn’t known to carry the coronavirus.

Questions? We’re still here to serve you!

At Palm Valley Women's Care, we pride ourselves on taking care of you, no matter which phase of life you’re in. From pregnancy to general women's care, we’re here to guide you during this time.

We’re located in Phoenix and Avondale, Arizona. If you have questions or concerns about your health and coronavirus (or just general women’s care), don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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