COVID-19 and My Pregnancy

As we navigate a world where COVID-19 is part of our new normal, it is natural for you to have questions about how this affects your pregnancy. The following information is provided as guidance. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your healthcare provider.

 

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM COVID-19:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Practice “social distancing”. Stay at least 6 feet away from other people if you need to go out.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing the ABCs twice), especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If you are in a place where soap and water are not available, the CDC recommends using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FEEL ILL:

  • Stay Home if you are sick. It is very important to contact your OB provider before entering a healthcare office should you become ill as you may be directed to the HFM Respiratory Clinic for evaluation and care.
  • If you develop one of more of the following, please notify your OB provider: fever greater than 100.4° F, dry cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste or smell, and/or gastrointestinal symptoms.

 

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Am I at more risk for COVID-19 if I’m pregnant?

In general, pregnancy does change your immune system in ways that may make you more susceptible to viral and respiratory infections such as the flu. However, based on current pandemic data, this does not appear to be the case with COVID-19.

 

Could I transmit coronavirus to my baby during pregnancy or delivery?

Among the few published case studies of infants born to mothers with COVID-19, none of the infants tested positive for the virus. There have been no reports of mother-to-baby transmission for other coronaviruses, and no virus has been detected in samples of amniotic fluid or breast milk. There have been a few reports of newborns as young as a few days old with COVID-19 infection, suggesting that a mother can transmit the infection to her infant though close contact after delivery.

 

How does this affect my pregnancy visits?

Prenatal care continues to be the most important way to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Currently, we ask that only one support person attend your appointments with you. Masks are required at all Holy Family Memorial facilities. If you do not have a mask, we will give you one at check in. We will also check your temperature.

 

You can also call with any questions at any time. We are ALWAYS available to take care of you and your baby. Please call before coming in so we can determine the best place for us to meet your needs.

 

Is it safe for me to delivery at a hospital where there have been COVID-19 cases?

Yes, Holy Family Memorial is one of the safest places you can be. Our primary goal is always healthy baby and healthy mom. We have implemented many precautions to protect both you as a patient and our healthcare providers. The safest place for you to give birth is with your Holy Family Memorial team.