Precautions for pregnant women in the UK during the coronavirus outbreak
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that because pregnant women are already at risk of developing respiratory illnesses, they may be at risk for coronavirus infection. There is also an increased risk of contracting COD-19.
There is not enough research and data available to accurately identify the risks to pregnant women of the coronavirus outbreak, but in the past, respiratory organs such as SARS-CoV and influenza are similar to coronavirus. Studies of the harm caused by the infection to pregnant women suggest that the spread of the coronavirus is not good news for pregnant women.
During pregnancy, pregnant women undergo certain immune and functional changes that increase their risk of infection and weaken their ability to fight off any bacterial infection. In this case, pregnant women need to take a few precautions. Here are some tips to help pregnant women protect themselves from the ravages of the coronavirus.
How do you protect yourself?
If you are pregnant, the first thing you need to do is strictly adhere to the principle of social distance. Don’t go out of the house unnecessarily and use public transport to travel as far as possible. If you are a working woman, adopt a home-based approach whenever possible; If this is not possible, ask your organization to create an environment in the office where you can do your work in isolation from yourself and others.
To protect yourself from exposure to the outside world, increase the use of today’s advanced remote technology. Don’t forget that you are at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus than the average person; So you have to take measures to avoid it more strictly.
Follow the guidelines issued by public health officials and avoid attending any social event. Pregnant women need to take care of social distance during the third trimester of pregnancy (28 or more weeks of pregnancy). Therefore, they should give up all forms of social interaction during this time.
See a doctor for prenatal care or antenatal checkups only if you have no signs of coronavirus infection. If you have any mild symptoms or you have any doubts, you should contact your doctor and ask if you can get them to do your check-up after the separation period has passed.
If you want to have your routine ultrasound done, go to the Maternal and Child Health Center when there is no rush and there is a minimum number of medical staff assigned there. You should stay away from anyone who has even the slightest symptoms of the corona, or anyone who appears to have a common cold, or at least 6 feet away. You should also exercise caution when sneezing or coughing yourself and using Tshu while doing so.
Precautions for pregnant women working in the health sector
Pregnant women working in the health sector who are in the first and second trimesters of their pregnancy and do not show any symptoms of any chronic disease can continue to care and examine patients as long as they In the meantime, I am using Personal Protective Equipment or PPE (Personal Protective Equipment or PPE). If you are examining a patient who has been diagnosed with COD-19 or is suspected of having the disease, you need a full assessment of your risk of transmitting the infection. It should be done. For pregnant women who are at high risk of infection, such as operating theaters, intensive care units, and respiratory wards, PPE must be used.
Pregnant health workers who are in the third trimester of pregnancy or have symptoms of any chronic disease should avoid direct contact with a patient. The management of the hospital should ensure that the medical staff working at them are protected from any kind of personal danger. Besides, the hospital administration should make special arrangements to ensure that the pregnant women employed by them have at least direct contact with the patients so that they can work in a safe and comfortable environment as much as possible.
Precautions for breastfeeding mothers
Research so far has not found any evidence that a virus has been found in the milk of a mother with COD-19. However, the possibility of transmitting the virus through breast milk cannot be ruled out.
Only a medical professional can decide whether a mother should breastfeed her baby or when she should start breastfeeding. The mother is more likely to pass the virus to her baby through her breath than through her milk. Therefore, mothers should take general precautions such as wearing masks while breastfeeding their babies.
Effects on the body
Research into the effects of pregnancy during the Corona epidemic is still in its early stages and without conclusive results. However, there is still evidence to suggest that pregnant women with COD-19 may be affected. Their unborn child may have been adversely affected, such as premature birth.
In China, some women have become pregnant before the end of their pregnancy. However, as mentioned earlier, this research is still in its infancy and no definitive conclusions can be drawn about the effects of the virus on the mother in the womb.
Furthermore, it has not yet been confirmed whether the virus can cross the placenta and be transmitted to the unborn child. Because so far there has been no sign of the virus in any of the babies born to women with COD-19.
There were two cases in which the virus could be suspected to be inherited, but it could not be confirmed whether the virus in the newborn was transmitted before or after birth. So far, experts agree that the coronavirus is not transmitted to the baby during pregnancy, nor does it have any negative effects on the child’s upbringing in the womb.
Research institutes on gynecological diseases and complications of pregnancy and maternity worldwide in general and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in general and the CDC in particular, have an in-depth look at the effects of the corona during pregnancy. Are watching We will keep you updated on the validated results in this regard from time to time.
If you notice any suspicious symptoms, you should immediately contact a test center set up by the government of Pakistan and isolate yourself and other people completely until the test results are received.
The contents of this article are intended to provide information on general health issues and should not be construed as a definitive medical solution to a particular health problem. You must consult with a qualified physician before using any of the medications recommended in this article.
Dr. Nadeem The author of this article, Dr. Nadeem is an MBBS doctor. Writing is his favorite pastime. She is pleased to use her professional skills to help people deal with issues related to their health, general well-being, healthy diet, and lifestyle.