COVID-19 AND
PREGNANCY

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We understand that facing a pregnancy during this uncertain time can be concerning. Our clinic offers free pregnancy testing and limited OB ultrasound to give you the important medical information you need. Talk through your situation with one of our trusted nurses today.

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How can I protect myself from getting the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The following information provided is for general education. If you have specific questions about your health or the health of your baby, please consult with your physician.

The best way to prevent getting sick is to avoid being exposed to the coronavirus. If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, you can help protect yourself and others by doing the same things that are recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Stay at home as much as possible to avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with other people, especially those who are sick.
  • If you are sick or have symptoms, stay at home except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that you frequently touch like your phone, countertops, light switches, handles, etc.
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How can I protect myself from getting the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The following information provided is for general education. If you have specific questions about your health or the health of your baby, please consult with your physician.

The best way to prevent getting sick is to avoid being exposed to the coronavirus. If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, you can help protect yourself and others by doing the same things that are recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Stay at home as much as possible to avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with other people, especially those who are sick.
  • If you are sick or have symptoms, stay at home except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that you frequently touch like your phone, countertops, light switches, handles, etc.
TALK WITH ONE OF OUR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TODAY

COVID-19 and Pregnancy FAQs

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV)A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

The World Health Organization states that most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. [1] Here is a link to Center for Disease Prevention Fact Sheet for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

[1] Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public. World Health Organization Web Site: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public. Published 2020. Retrieved March 8, 2020.

The United Nations Population Fund states that, to date, there is no scientific evidence about the increased susceptibility of pregnant women to COVID-19. They went on to state, however, that “pregnancy brings physical changes that might make some pregnant women more susceptible to viral respiratory infections. Pregnant women with respiratory illnesses must be treated with the utmost priority due to increased risk of adverse outcomes.” If a woman suspects she has symptoms of COVID-19, she should contact her provider.

Transmission between mom and preborn baby has not been shown to date. One recent study with a small sample size documented pregnant woman diagnosed with COVID-19 found no evidence for vertical transmission in late pregnancy.[1]

[1] Clinical characteristics and intrauterine vertical transmission potential of COVID-19 infection in nine pregnant women: a retrospective review of medical records. Huijun Chen, PhD, Juanjuan Guo, MS, Chen Wang, PhD,  Fan Luo, PhDXuechen Yu, MDProf Wei Zhang, PhDVOLUME 395, ISSUE 10226, P809-815, Published: February 12, 2020D

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states there is no increase of adverse pregnancy outcomes in pregnant women with COVID-19. However, pregnancy loss, including miscarriage and stillbirth, has been observed in cases of infection with other related coronaviruses such as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV during pregnancy. As always, high fevers during the first trimester of pregnancy can increase the risk of certain birth defects. If a woman has symptoms of COVID-19, she should contact her physician for care.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that those with symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath stay home and call a healthcare provider for advice. Also, they recommend those who have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19 contact their medical providers for recommendations. Before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room, it’s important that patients call in advance to inform them about any recent travel or symptoms. This will allow the health care provider to direct patients to the right health facility to prevent the spread of this virus and other infections within clinics and hospitals.[1]

[1] Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). CDC Web Site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts.html. Published March 6, 2020. Retrieved March 8, 2020.

Our clinic offers free pregnancy testing and limited OB ultrasound to give you the important medical information you need for your situation. Talk with one of our trusted medical professionals today.

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