Does Coronavirus endanger pregnant women?

Dominika Šimončičová

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Pregnant women are generally more susceptible to viral diseases that affect the respiratory system. They are also more vulnerable to the changes that their body and immune system are going through. So far, there is no evidence that the virus directly damages the fetus. However, symptoms of infection, such as fever or inflammation, can complicate pregnancy.

Is a pregnant woman more prone to COVID-19? How to protect yourself during pregnancy from the spread of coronavirus?

According to recent studies, there is still no evidence that expectant mothers are more susceptible to more severe COVID-19. This is despite the fact that due to immunological and other changes in the body of pregnant women, pregnant women are generally considered a risk group for respiratory diseases. To date, the transmission of COVID-19 infection to infected fetuses has not been confirmed.

To date, according to available information, no pregnant woman has succumbed to COVID-19.

How should pregnant women behave as recommended?

The most important of all, of course, is hygiene and prevention. The basis, as in the rest of the population, is regular and thorough hand washing. Pregnant women should avoid more populous places as much as possible during this period and not travel to high-risk areas.
They should increase their vitamin intake, ensure a proper lifestyle and, if possible, not miss exercise in the fresh air (not in crowded areas).

Breastfeeding and coronavirus - information for breastfeeding mothers

Many breastfeeding mothers are certainly interested in whether it is safe for their baby to be breastfed even at the time of the spread of coronavirus disease.
For a healthy woman, the best solution in times of rapidly spreading infection is to adhere to increased hygiene measures and at the same time not to stop breastfeeding the baby. Protective substances in breast milk help maintain and build the baby's immune system and have a high protective function.

If a breast-feeding woman suspects COVID-19, breast-feeding should be discussed with the treating physician without delay to prevent transmission of the virus to the child.

Source: Dojčenie a Koronavírus (20.3.2020)
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Reported by: Dominika Šimončičová
Updated on: 25.3.2020
Source: GoSlovakia

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