Coronavirus and safety measures for pregnant women and childbirth: FAQs

There are many things that we are still learning about the coronavirus (COVID-19). In this article, we address some of the frequently asked questions about coronavirus and pregnancy. We have also enclosed some coronavirus safety tips for pregnant women and child delivery. Read on to know more.

Do pregnant women have a higher chance of getting coronavirus (COVID-19)?

While there has been no clarity on the matter, as getting infected primarily depends on one’s immunity. However, because of the changes which women go through during pregnancy, there’s a possibility of them being infected with the virus. Hence, if you are pregnant, ensure that you take all the necessary precautions and keep yourself protected.

Coronavirus safety tip during pregnancy and child delivery:

Eat foods that will strengthen your immune system and take good rest.

I’m 8 months pregnant, how can I protect myself from coronavirus (COVID-19)?

All pregnant women need to follow the standard precautionary measures given by the health board, such as:

  • Washing your hands well and often
  • Using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Refraining from frequently touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Maintaining social distance if you step out
  • Keeping safe distance from sick people
  • Wearing a mask or cloth face covering

Coronavirus safety tip during pregnancy and child delivery:

Clean and disinfect things which people touch a lot like phones, doorknobs, counters, AC and TV remotes, etc. Plastic and metal tend to sustain the virus for a longer duration, hence, sanitize things before you use them.

What should a pregnant do if she falls sick?

Many symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other viruses such as the cold and the flu. Hence, you cannot arrive at a proper conclusion unless you get tested. If you see the following symptoms reach out to your doctor, at once:

  • Sore throat
  • Congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea

Coronavirus safety tip during pregnancy and child delivery:

Treat your cold and cough at the earliest. A daily glass of turmeric milk can help you boost your immunity and keep cold, flu, cough, and other respiratory diseases at bay.

I live in the metro city of Hyderabad, is it safe to deliver my baby in a hospital now?

Hospitals and birth centers are taking every precaution to offer you and your baby a safe environment. Before finalizing your hospital, check the list of ‘safe delivery hospitals in Hyderabad’. This will help you in your search for a safe hospital. You can also call up the hospitals’ inquiry desk to ask for all the safety measures taken by them.

Coronavirus safety tip during pregnancy and child delivery:

Ask the hospital if you can have a video tour of your ward and the various precautionary measures which they are taking. This will give you an idea of what to expect.

Fathiyya Al Shaikh

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