The impact of Covid-19 on you and your baby

If you are pregnant, have recently delivered a baby, or are breast-feeding your child, then you have come to the right place!

COVID-19 (coronavirus) has shaken the whole world to its core; the number of positive cases and deaths due to coronavirus keeps increasing daily. In such trying times, it’s only natural for pregnant moms to think about the impact of COVID-19 on their child. It’s also important for you to know everything there is to know about how this virus can change your pregnancy, the birth of your baby, and your post-partum care plans!

So, here's everything you need to know:

The Impact of COVID-19 on you and your baby

Let’s start with the risks COVID-19 poses to you and your unborn baby during pregnancy. Presently, there’s no conclusive evidence to suggest that pregnant women have a higher chance of contracting COVID-19. Similarly, we don’t know yet if pregnant women might experience severe symptoms or if the virus will have any effects on the heath of the baby.

However, since you are carrying a child in your womb, it’s always better to err on the side of caution. So, contact your doctor right away if you are exhibiting any symptoms of coronavirus or have been exposed to someone infected with the virus. If you have the virus, your treatment plan will include getting plenty of rest and fluids, along with medication to relieve the symptoms such as fever, pain, and coughing.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Antenatal Care

The COVID-19 lockdowns might affect your access to routine antenatal care. If your locality is facing an ongoing lockdown, then talk to your healthcare provider about virtual antenatel care. This could include setting up video appointments.