Pregnancy is a miracle and a feeling of happiness for every expecting mother. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has however, created a sense of anxiety, agony, and fear among expecting mothers.

Here’s what all the pregnant women must know about the virus and have a smooth pregnancy period. 

What do we know about COVID-19 so far?

COVID-19 is a new type of virus introduced to people in November of the year 2019, when the suspect was found in Wuhan, China. From that day, the curve has only paved the pointing way and has affected more than 13 million at the time of writing this post. 

No cure has been invented to fight the virus. Though everyone is at equal danger of catching the infection, aged people and pregnant women are the ones who need more care and preventive measures.

Experts are still trying to understand whether expecting mothers are more prone to the virus or not. But what remains a fact is that pregnancy is a process that requires a lot of medical and self-attention. Amid the fight against the virus, doctors recommend expecting mothers to take good care of themselves and follow every preventive measure to avoid catching the infection. 

Why are pregnant women at higher risk of catching respiratory problems?

Pregnancy is an immunosuppressed state that makes women vulnerable to catch respiratory problems easily like the flu. Women tend to get sick while pregnant and show the symptoms more often as compared to other women who are not pregnant.

Weak immune defence makes expecting mothers more prone to the risk of catching any infection and not only the new virus. But, there exists no evidence that pregnant women will get the virus and will not recover once they get infected. 

But, if you are an expecting mother and observe any kind of symptom relatable to the virus, you should set up the appointment with your doctor. Don’t ignore the signs as they may become dangerous in the later stages, and you may regret later. 

What are the preventive measures?

A report by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, suggests that pregnant women are at the risk of premature deliveries and low birth weight due to flu infection in pregnancy. The COVID-19 virus can cause chronic respiratory problems which can directly affect your baby due to lower oxygenation levels, once you are tested positive and take no preventive measures.

So, it becomes critically important for every expecting mother to take all the preventive measures strictly.

  • Expecting mothers need to follow lockdowns and social distancing.
  • Washing your hands frequently and cleaning the surfaces is mandatory.
  • A proper diet and hygiene are going to help you keep your immune system healthy.
  • Make sure you have regular doctor-follow ups – online consultation is preferred as it removes the need to travel to a hospital
  • If you need to meet your doctor physically, see if you can avoid meeting at a hospital that also caters to COVID-19 patients.

Stay home and be safe to have a smooth pregnancy period. 

Frequently asked questions

What effect will the virus have on my baby if I am tested positive?

Since not much research has been done in context with the virus, studies suggest that a mother tested positive for the virus may or may not transmit it to her little one. But the chances of miscarriage or any further danger are yet to be probed about. 

A case of nine pregnant women who were infected by the virus but their kids had no symptoms of carrying the virus.

Can I travel if I am pregnant?

Pregnant women must avoid travelling as travelling has caused the virus to spread more, and it is recommended to stay in isolation to prevent catching the infection.

Should I attend the post and pre-medical follow-ups during pregnancy?

Yes, pregnancy is a period where women require regular medical checkups which should not be ignored. But amid the lockdown visiting the hospitals is no less than the danger of catching the infection. 

So, it is highly recommended to set up online consultations if no emergency prevails. Try always to have an appointment fixed with your maternity team so that they can examine you in full isolation reducing the chances of catching the virus.

How to visit a doctor for checkups?

For all the expecting regular checkups play a crucial role in making the pregnancy period and delivery smooth & comfortable. Amid the lockdown movement around the cities has been restricted, but patients requiring urgent hand-on care are allowed to move around to the hospitals, and the same goes for expecting mothers as well.

As already mentioned, try to use the telemedicine technology wherever possible to avoid unnecessary movement. 

You can avail of the passes issued by the government to validate your movement. You need to follow these simple steps

  1. Firstly open the official website of your state government’s where you will get the link to e-curfew passes.
  2. Fill up the registration form and, reading your details, the authorities may or may not grant you the pass.
  3. After registration, you will get the digital copy of the pass on the email you entered.
  4. Click the link to check the status and print the pass. 

For instance, you are from Chandigarh then you have to officially click the http://chandigarh.gov.in/ that redirect you to the following page:

After clicking the CURFEW PASS link, you will be redirected to the registration form:

Now, fill the form and click the link to know the status and print the pass. 

Choose Ayu Health

Ayu Health is India’s most trusted network of hospitals. Our in-house experts are among the best in their field and will identify the most optimal treatments for the specific individual.

We prioritize your health and take every precautionary measure, and in a fight against corona, Ayu Health hospitals have launched their online consultation services. All the expecting mothers can now easily avail the online consultation for regular health checkups. In case you need to visit the hospital for an emergency, we can also arrange for a safe sanitised ambulance to pick you up.

All the patients can order free delivery service for medicines and even get your test samples collected from home in case a lab test is needed.

To book a consultation with a gynaecologist at Ayu Health, please visit https://test.ayu.health/speciality/Gynaecology-5 or call us on 6366100800.