FAQ COVID-19 in Pregnancy

Updated 4/1/20

Can COVID-19 cause problems for a pregnancy?

We do not know at this time if COVID-19 would cause problems during pregnancy or affect the health of the baby after birth. We do know that infants born to COVID-19 positive mothers tested negative for the virus at birth. There is a very small number of cases that have reported problems in pregnancy (like preterm delivery), but it is unclear if these were related to the virus. In these cases, though few, samples of amniotic fluid and breastmilk did NOT contain the virus.  

How can pregnant women protect themselves from getting COVID-19? 

Pregnant women should do the same things as the general public to avoid infection. You can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by taking these actions: 

  • Clean your hands often, for at least 20 seconds using soap and water  

  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you can’t wash 

  • Avoid people who are sick 

  • Stay at least 6 ft away from others if you must be in public 

 

Should I wear a mask? 

If you are feeling well, you do not need to wear a mask. Follow the guidelines of social distancing by staying 6 ft away from those outside of your home. If you have a cough or develop concerning symptoms, you should wear a mask to prevent spreading infection.  You should wear a mask if you are caring for someone who has a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19. 

Can I breastfeed my infant if I have COVID-19? 

COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. This is like other respiratory infections such as influenza, where breast milk is still recommended as the best source of nutrition for breastfed infants. Due to significant protection breastmilk provides from so many illnesses, a mother who has tested positive for COVID-19 should be encouraged to continue breastfeeding or continue expressing milk to provide for her infant.  Mothers should take ALL precautions to prevent spreading the virus to her infant.  She should wash hands thoroughly before handling her infant or pumping supplies.  If available, the mother should wear a face mask while feeding at the breast.  The mother should consider allowing another healthy caregiver to feed the infant expressed milk, if possible. 

  

Breastfeeding recommendations from the CDC

 

See the advice about your pump from the CDC here

How can I manage my growing anxiety about COVID-19? 

  • Use technology! Stay connected with your friends and family virtually. 

  • Take breaks from COVID-19 news and social media. 

  • Tell your ob-gyn or other health care professional if you are feeling sad or anxious. 

 

 

What types of services are available at Balance Medical through telemedicine

so I can limit my exposure to the virus, as recommended by the CDC? 

  • Virtual prenatal care visits 

  • Mental health visits 

  • At home monitoring: blood pressure, weight, blood sugar, etc. 

  • Virtual post-partum visits 

  • Lactation support 

  • Communication with providers 

 

 

How can I be proactive!  

Find out what restrictions your OB and delivering hospital have in place, such as: 

  • Which prenatal appointments will be appropriate for tele-medicine?  

  • Will my birth center/hospital allow visitors? 

  • Postpartum guidelines: 

  • Will I be discharged earlier from the hospital? 

  • Postpartum exam at 2 weeks per tele-medicine and a comprehensive exam at 12 weeks  

  

References: 

www.cdc.org 

www.acog.org

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