Coronavirus and Pregnant Women: Health Care Advice Amid the Pandemic
Q: I’m pregnant with my first child and hear lots of differing information regarding COVID-19 and prenatal care. What changes can I expect from my prenatal appointments, and how will the virus impact my hospital labor and delivery?
During this unprecedented time, the goal of the CDC and all health care workers is to maximize safety for patients (especially pregnant women), their babies and families. There are many practices that have been adopted in order to reduce higher risk situations and provide care in the safest way in each trimester; these have been adjusted based on the evolving science and current COVID-19 infection rates in the community.
Most importantly, check with your midwife or health care provider’s office about their current processes for care throughout your pregnancy. Things you can expect are:
Again, check with the hospital that you plan to deliver at to learn their current routines and restrictions. You can expect:
Q: How can I best protect my newborn during COVID-19? I’m nervous about handling visitors, necessary errands and what happens if I get sick myself.
Although pregnancy, birth and parenting a newborn during a pandemic seems incredibly scary for women’s health, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization have had months to determine the safest practices to minimize spread of the virus, develop effective vaccines through clinical trials, and monitor the evolving scientific data surrounding the coronavirus and risk of severe illness. Following health care and public health recommendations will maximize safety for you and your newborn during an exciting time in your life!