Concern for Corona Virus During and After Pregnancy

Corona Virus and Pregnancy

The Corona virus is not new. It was discovered in the 1960’s when testing was done on students who were believed to have a common cold infection. [1] Learn the interesting history of this virus here: Since then, there have been several mutations found which affect humans. Most notably are SARS, MERS, and now COVID-19. We want to address your concerns about Corona virus and pregnancy. While we are still learning how COVID-19 spreads and how it affects people, we can learn much from similar Corona viruses and realize COVID-19 will be similar. If you believe you have been infected by COVID-19, please do not go directly to an Emergency Room. Call the hospital of your choice and follow their directions for getting a sample submitted to a lab. You should expect at least a couple of days wait for the lab to notify you with the result.

Questions About Corona During Pregnancy

  • Am I more at risk to contract COVID-19 because of pregnancy? – Currently, we are unsure if pregnant women are more susceptible to COVID-19. However, pregnant women have demonstrated higher rates of acquiring illness from viruses like the Corona Family and the Flu. It is always a good idea for pregnant women to consider themselves at a higher risk and take appropriate precautions.[2]
  • How can pregnant women protect themselves from getting COVID-19? – Wash your hands, take a multivitamin with Vitamin C, D3, and Methylfolate. Read about our recommendations on prenatal vitamins here: Take turmeric/curcumin tablets 1000/2000 mg once a day. Ask those around you to cover their cough. Practice social distancing. Avoid people who are sick and stay away from large events and gatherings.
  • Can COVID-19 cause problems during pregnancy? – The CDC is unsure of any complications. Too little is known about this virus.[2]
  • Can COVID-19 pass to my unborn baby? – We are unsure about this right now. However, there have been a small number of babies born to women who were infected, and the newborn infant was not infected. There was also no Corona Virus in the amniotic fluid or breast milk.[2]

Questions About Corona After Delivery

  • Can COVID-19 pass to my infant? – Yes, your infant can get Covid-19. However there seems to be natural resistance in infants and children. The protection of infants and children from exposure to any illness should be a high priority.
  • If I have COVID-19, should I stop breastfeeding? – No! Breast milk provides protection against many illnesses. Corona family viruses have not been found in the breast milk of infected women at this time. COVID-19 spreads the same way that the flu is transmitted, mainly from person to person through droplets we release as we breathe. Precautions should be taken to prevent infants from contracting COVID-19. The CDC recommends that a mother with flu symptoms continue breastfeeding expressed milk to her infant.[3] However, we would recommend you avoid the potential of nipple confusion in your infant and continue breastfeeding. This can be done by: cleaning the nipple area with soap and water, washing hands, and using a mask while breastfeeding.

If you are unsure that you are pregnant, or want to discuss your concerns with our nurse, please contact us to make an appointment!

[1] J. S., Kahn, K. McIntosh, (2005) History and Recent Advances in Coronavirus Discovery The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: Vol. 24 – Is. 11,  S223-S227 [2] CDC (2019) Pregnancy & Breastfeeding – Information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/pregnancy-breastfeeding.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fspecific-groups%2Fpregnancy-faq.html [3] CDC (2019) Influenza (Flu) Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/breastfeeding-special-circumstances/maternal-or-infant-illnesses/influenza.html