Coronavirus when Pregnant
Pregnancy and coronavirus is what we all want to know about as well as how to prepare for Coronavirus when pregnant. The facts, not the rumours or panic mongering.
So, while it is a stressful time for everyone, this updated message (see below) from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health is reassuring for pregnant women and those who care for them.
Here’s what you can do:
As you are pregnant, you should minimise contact with others and avoid the workplace as much as possible amid the coronavirus outbreak. You can’t self-isolate for the whole of the pregnancy.
By way of comparison, influenza is a potentially serious disease for pregnant women, the fetus and newborn babies.
When pregnant, there are a number of changes that occur in your body. These changes include reduced lung function, increased cardiac output, increased oxygen consumption, and changes to the immune system.
As a result to these changes, pregnant women have an increased risk of severe complications from influenza. So, please be aware of flu symptoms and seek medical advice.
However, at this time, pregnant women do not appear to be more severely unwell if they develop COVID-19 infection than the general population.