Private Gynaecologists can Help Pregnant Woman to Stay Protected During COVID-19 Pandemic
The lady sighed great relief when her COVID-19 tests had turned out to be negative. F, 29, who had already conceived with a pair of twins had been at the 30 weeks of gestation. She was suffering from high fever and cough for the last 2 days before she had finally been taken to the hospital for observation. In case of the pregnant woman and expectant mothers, this deadly virus has already caused severe anxiety and stress as well as raised many unanswered questions amongst them.
Effects on the mother due to COVID-19:
As per the recent data, the pregnant mothers don’t have higher chance of falling sick due to COVID-19 than the general public. There isn’t any proof to suggest that the infected expecting mothers have more serious complications than non-pregnant women. According to a report published on February 28 by the World Health Organization for 147 women, only 8 percent had been suffering from this severe disease and 1 percent had been in a critical condition. As of now, there is no data that indicate an increased risk for miscarriage. Though some babies have been born prematurely, it is not clear if this is due to the virus.
Effects on the baby for COVID-19:
As per the evidence, it has been suggested by the private gynaecologist that the virus will possibly cross the placenta and infect the fetus. According to a study published in Lancet in February 2020, babies who are born from women with this infection seemed to be free from the virus and have turned to be healthy at the time of birth. After the birth, the newborn is highly susceptible to the spread from one person to the other. Researchers have also reported that 33 babies with COVID-19 infection shortly after birth among which only three of them had mild symptoms and some signs of the illness.
Breast feeding at the time of COVID-19:
In the recent evidence, it has been recommended that breast milk does not have this specific kind of virus. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have advised that breast feeding is allowed when the baby is born well. The major concern that lies here is that if an infected mother may spread the virus through the respiratory droplets during the time of breastfeeding.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine has given these suggestions:
- Mothers who have confirmed COVID-19 need to take all necessary precautions such as – washing hands before touching the infant and wearing a face mask at the time of breastfeeding.
- If breast milk can be expressed through an electric or a manual breast pump, then the mother should wash hands properly before touching the pump or bottle parts and follow the instructions for pump cleaning after each use. If possible, you may have someone who can properly feed the breast milk to the infant.
According to obstetrics fraternities (ACOG and RCOG), when it is about COVID-19, there aren’t any recommendations specific to pregnant women related to the management or assessment of COVID-19.
Prevention during COVID-19:
When the immune system in your body changes at the time of pregnancy and expectant mothers get infected with these viruses from the same family as COVID-19, then this can become seriously ill for them. Hence, it is extremely for the expectant mums to protect themselves by:
- Stay away from people who are sick or have been exposed to this form of virus
- Wash hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Clean and disinfect frequently the touched surfaces
- Wear a facemask and do not touch the face, mouth and eyes with naked hands
- Maintain social distancing at any cause
- Other measures that are recommended by the local government
You may visit London Gynaecology Clinic where the gynaecologist can educate pregnant mothers to stay protected during this COVID-19 pandemic.