COVID-19: Everything related to pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding
First of updates ? for what I told you yesterday you that you are not alone, so don’t panic. If you are pregnant, or just given birth to a child, this article sourced from The World Health Organization might be useful for you. Find below your relevant question and get the answers.
Are pregnant women at higher risk from COVID-19?
Till now, research does not come to the conclusion about the impacts of COVID–19 infection on pregnant women. Therefore, we don’t have any evidence that pregnant women are at higher risk of severe illness from novel coronavirus than the general population.
However, it’s our understanding that pregnant women go through various changes in their bodies and immune systems, so, they can be badly affected by some respiratory infections. Hence, if you are or any of your known is pregnant, you should take special care and precautions to protect against COVID-19.
Consider reporting possible symptoms including fever, cough or difficulty breathing to the healthcare provider.
How can pregnant women protect themselves against COVID-19?
As per the authorization’s advisory, pregnant women should also follow the same precautions to avoid COVID-19 infection as others.
You can help shield yourself with a few things:
- Wash your hands regularly with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Keep a distance between yourselves and others
- Avoid visiting crowded areas
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Practice respiratory hygiene
If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, immediately take medical care. But remember calling before going to a health facility, and follow the directions of your local health authority.
Note: Pregnant women and those who have recently delivered including those affected by COVID-19, should attend their routine care appointments.
Can women with COVID-19 breastfeed?
Yes. Women with COVID-19 can breastfeed. It is up to them.
But They should:
- Practice respiratory hygiene during feeding,
- Wear a mask where available;
- Wash hands before and after touching the baby;
- Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces they have touched.
Is it ok for you to touch and hold your newborn baby if you have COVID-19?
Yes. Close contact and early breastfeeding help an infant to thrive.
You should be recommended to
- Breastfeed safely along with healthy respiratory hygiene;
- Hold your infant skin-to-skin,
- Share a room with your baby
- You should wash your hands before and after touching your baby and keep all coverings clean and disinfected.
If you have COVID-19 and you are too unwell to breastfeed your baby directly. What can you do?
In case you are too sick to breastfeed your baby due to COVID-19 or any other complications, you can take support from other family members. They can safely provide your baby with breastmilk in a way possible, feasible, and acceptable to you.
This could involve:
- Expressing milk;
- Donor human milk.
Things that should be available during pregnancy and childbirth
All pregnant women, including those with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infections, required to give special care. No matter if it is before, during and after childbirth.
The high-quality treatment comprises antenatal, newborn, postnatal, intrapartum and mental health care.
A safe and positive childbirth practice covers:
- Treatment with respect and dignity
- Presented companion of choice during delivery
- Transparent communication by maternity staff
- Have Appropriate pain relief strategies
In addition, health workers should take all appropriate precautions to reduce the risks of COVID-19 spread. These measures will include hand hygiene, and appropriate use of protective clothing like gloves, gown and medical mask.
Important Contact details:
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