Pregnancy and COVID-19

Guides

COVID-19 spreads as a result of respiratory droplets sent into the air when a person with COVID-19 sneezes or coughs. You are also at risk if you touch a surface contaminated by an infected person.

 

Is my baby Safe?

Given it is a new virus, there is no evidence to show that it can be transferred from mother to child via breastmilk or amniotic fluid. In addition, there is no evidence to suggest an increased risk in miscarriage.

 

How to protect yourself and unborn baby

Pregnant women should take precautions to avoid COVID-19 infections by:

  1. Avoiding crowded places
  2. Maintaining social distancing
  3. Washing hands
  4. Avoid touching face (eyes, nose and mouth)
  5. Eating nutritious meals
  6. Staying active (light exercise)
  7. Staying hydrated
  8. Practise respiratory hygine - covering nose and mouth with elbow when sneezing or coughing. If a tissue is used, dispose it immediately.

 

Stay Safe!

 

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References:

Havard Health Publishing - Pregnant and worried about the new corona virus? [Accessed 20th March 2020]

WebMD - How to protect yourself from COVID-19 during pregnancy [Accessed 19th March 2020]

WHO - Q&A on COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding [Accessed 20th March 2020]

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