As we begin to reopen the community, it’s important to continue taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially if you are pregnant. While there is currently no evidence to suggest pregnant women are more at risk of contracting COVID-19 or developing more severe systems than the general population, it is always important for expecting mothers to protect themselves from illnesses.
Woman’s Hospital urges pregnant women to take the same infection prevention steps as the general public plus a few more to help ensure their health and that of their baby. Wear a mask in public, wash your hands frequently, and monitor your temperature daily.
Self-isolate the last two weeks before delivery.
Additionally, the hospital recommends pregnant women embrace the following extra measures:
- Do not have visitors or leave your home if possible, at least two weeks before delivery.
- Keep any additional family members, like children, home if possible.
- Designate ONE person to run household errands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Continue regular scheduled doctor’s appointments in person or through telehealth. Prenatal visits are essential for the health of both the mother and baby.
- Stay informed on COVID-19 and pregnancy related updates by discussing concerns with your care provider or using trusted resources like the CDC, ACOG and Woman’s Hospital.
- Understand the changes in your care and delivery protocol if you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 while pregnant and during/after the baby is born.
- Check with your physician and hospital regarding visitation restrictions so you are prepared for what to expect when you deliver, and can talk to family and friends in advance.
While our world will look a little more normal in the days to come, the risk of COVID-19 remains. Make sure you continue to take the necessary steps to protect you and your baby.