What to do if you are pregnant during the times of COVID-19
June 24, 2020
Pregnancy is a time of wonderful anticipation, but the pandemic has made it a time of great uncertainty. You are filled with questions about visiting hospitals, taking ultrasound scan and getting the injections on time. We will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about pregnancy in the times of COVID-19.
I’m pregnant. How do I avoid COVID infection?
Being pregnant does not increase of decrease your chances of infection. You are at the same level of risk as everyone else of normal health, but as your body undergoes great changes during pregnancy, you may become prone to infections. To avoid COVID-19, strictly adhere to the stay at home, social distancing and hand washing and sanitization regulations. Avoid crowds and wear a mask when you have to go out.
Is it safe to visit my doctor or hospital?
Many hospitals are shifting to tele-consulting for routine check-ups. Sample collection from home for tests is also available. Check with your hospital/ doctor if you can avail this facility. If you do have to visit the hospital for scans, injections or tests etc. then check with your doctor about the safest time and method for getting them.
Is it safe to give birth in a hospital now?
Most hospitals have strict COVID-19 infection control protocols in place to facilitate medical emergencies. Talk to your doctor about your delivery. Your doctor will give you a clear picture of what to expect at the hospital, what you can do and what you cannot. It will help you prepare yourself for the eventful moment.
If I do have a medical emergency, what do I do?
You will have to visit your doctor or hospital in case of an emergency. Call ahead to help them prepare for your visit. Wear a mask when you leave your home.
Should I wait for normal delivery or opt for caesarian delivery?
You will have to talk to your doctor before selecting one over the other. While it is preferable to have a normal delivery, you may be advised caesarian delivery based on you individual health condition.
Can I have visitors in my room?
No. It is not advisable to have visitors in your room at the hospital or at your home. No visitors will be allowed in hospitals. When you return home, avoid having friends or relatives now. They can visit you and your baby after the pandemic.
How do I keep my baby safe?
Avoid visitors. If you have other children, do not allow them to play with other children. Don’t go near the baby without washing hands. Make your family wash their hands often. Stay home, practice hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette. If someone is even slightly sick, isolate yourself and your baby. Talk to your doctor about additional measures.
What do I do if I get COVID-19 during my pregnancy?
In case you have any symptoms of COVID-19 get medical help immediately. Contact the helpline for assistance and guidance. With the right treatment and management, you can get over the infection and have a safe pregnancy and delivery.