As per a recent study by Oxford University, pregnant women infected with COVID-19 and their newborn babies might face a higher risk of complications than previously known. Though this does not hold for all pregnant women.
The study done by Oxford University was a smaller one and needs more research for concrete results. But as per experts, one has to be more careful as they are dealing with two lives. Though there is nothing to panic about if there are no complications involved.
Experts say, there is nothing to panic about as mild cases can be easily cured at home with proper diet, rest and exercise. Though during the advanced stages of pregnancy, there could be some complications as the immunity of the would-be mother is compromised at this time.
It’s best that pregnant women limit their hospital visit in order not to get exposed to the virus.
COVID-19 second wave
During the first wave, not many pregnant women got infected with the COVID virus, while in the second wave the number is just increasing. Women who have comorbidities are at more risk. In many cases, COVID affects the baby by reducing the amniotic fluid around the baby.
Experts say the new strain is responsible for the increase in the number of COVID cases among pregnant women. The virus this time is much more transmissible and sometimes even escapes the RT-PCR test.
The good news is there are no birth complications involved due to Covid. It depends on the severity of cases. If the oxygen levels are fine and there are no comorbidities, there is no risk involved.
What you can do?
– We all know prevention is better than cure, make sure to follow all the Covid safety protocols. Do not step out until necessary.
– Keeping taking your vitamins and zinc along with a healthy diet and rest. Moderate exercise is also recommended.
– If you test positive, do not panic and rush to the hospital. Most Covid cases can be managed at home with phone consultations with the doctor.
– Do not self-medicate. Always talk to your doctor, even before taking any supplements.
– Isolate yourself. Keep checking your temperature and oxygen levels every 6 hours.
When do you need immediate medical attention?
If your temperature does not subside even after taking paracetamol for four days and at any time your oxygen level goes below 94, you must talk to your doctor. If you have severe chest pain, blueness of the nails, you might need hospitalisation.
Mother to child transmission
Normally, there is no mother to child transmission in the womb, although it is possible. Breastfeeding must be done with proper sanitisation and masking. One can also extract the milk and give it to someone else to feed the baby through the bottle.
The crucial trimester
Doctors say there it is important to be more careful during the third trimester as the breathing is compromised and immunity is low.