Even before there was a global pandemic, high-risk pregnancies came with a higher level of concern and worry. Now, with COVID-19 still being prominent in our communities and daily lives, it’s critical to get everything you need to stay healthy and stress-free while pregnant. We are firmly committed to providing the safest care possible to those expecting and answering any questions they might have.
Below, our physicians weigh in on some of our most frequently asked questions from patients.
How Does COVID-19 Affect Pregnant Women Differently?
Pregnant women appear to be at an increased risk for severe illness if diagnosed with COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant people. Additionally, there may be an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth, and cesarean section among pregnant women with COVID-19. This may be due to a pregnant woman’s uniquely adjusted immune system, and partly because the coronavirus’ points of attack—the lungs and the cardiovascular system—are already stressed in pregnancy.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) in late June 2020 suggests that pregnant women with COVID-19 are more likely to be hospitalized and have a 50% increased risk for intensive care unit (ICU) admission and a 70% increased risk of requiring mechanical ventilation than non-pregnant women. Unfortunately, much more remains unknown.
Because pregnant patients and their babies are at a higher risk from infection of COVID-19, following CDC guidelines for prevention remains our most effective strategy to keep our patients safe.
– Dr. Stephen M. Wold, MD, MPH
How To Stay Healthy While Pregnant During Covid-19
Following these basic tips is the best way to reduce the risk of infection:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Wear a mask when out in public
- Avoid touching your face when in public settings
- Practice social distancing (6 ft.)
Want to know more about reducing your risk of infection? Check out what Dr. Giacobbe had to say on the Morning Blend!
Below are some additional tips for staying healthy and happy while pregnant during these times.
- Stay well-hydrated
- Get plenty of sleep
- Maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet that will boost your immune system
- Stay physically active (walking, yoga, pilates, etc. can reduce stress and depression)
- Continue with your prenatal visits
– Dr. Laura A. Gorski, DO
Currently, we are limiting office visits to patients only for patient and employee safety. We are allowing skype or facetime calls during visits to allow communication. We continue to send electronic copies of ultrasound pictures to your devices via secure means.
For additional information regarding COVID-19, please visit our coronavirus page.
If you still have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to make sure you feel confident in coming to our centers, and we look forward to caring for you!