As the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is working hard to keep Americans updated on the status of COVID19 cases. As of this writing, there are over 4000 cases, and many expectant mothers are wondering how this virus will affect them.
At Palm Valley Women's Care, we want to help you get the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding pregnancy and coronavirus.
Expectant mothers are often included in the high-risk category when it comes to the seasonal flu, but what about the coronavirus? According to the CDC, it is not currently known what risk this new virus poses to expectant mothers. Because pregnancy can lower the immunity of mothers, it’s always a good idea to practice good hygiene and take extra precautions to reduce exposure to those who may be sick.
The best defense is a good offense. You can reduce your risk of getting sick by continuing to practice good hygiene. This includes:
In addition, it’s a good idea to follow the local guidelines on social distancing. This means keeping at least a six-foot distance between people. During this time, refrain from unnecessary travel, visiting crowded places (such as the grocery store), and work from home if you are able.
If you’re near your due date, you might wonder how your new baby will be affected. Currently, the CDC doesn’t have the research or data to know how the virus affects newborns. At this time, mothers are still encouraged to breastfeed — even if they are sick — per the CDC guidelines. Remember, breastmilk contains many power immune-boosting components.
As dedicated OBGYNs, we want to help you stay as healthy as possible during your pregnancy. If you’re feeling under the weather, give us a call before you come into the office, out of an abundance of caution for our staff and for all of our patients.
If you need to schedule an appointment at either of our Arizona locations or have questions about your pregnancy, we’re just a call away.