I have a family member who is pregnant during this stressful pandemic. I can only imagine how much more stress and worry is put on, not only her, but, a lot of expecting ladies. As Moms, our first instinct during any kind of illness going around is to protect our babies. Our babies outside, and especially the one(s) inside of our wombs. But with this “new” illness, how can we do that? There is not a lot of experience with this specific virus. Who really knows best? What should or shouldn’t we be doing to keep, not only our babies, but, ourselves well during this time?
First & foremost, Trust that God is bigger than any virus and is still, as always, in control! PRAY!
Secondly, Mama’s instincts are always helpful. Wash your hands! Stay away from people that you know are sick or showing symptoms of any kind, especially the ones listed as possible coronavirus symptoms. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the symptoms for COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell. These symptoms may appear 2 – 14 days after exposure to the virus. So, pay close attention to any time that you were out and about. While these symptoms can also be caused by other illnesses, it is best to check with your doctor and or be tested if you are concerned. Pollen count is high, so allergies and sinuses are whacky these days, as well. Keep items and areas as clean and safely disinfected as you can.
Lastly, always follow the directions and orders from our President, your state’s governors and other leaders during this time. The economy is mostly shut down, and recommendations and orders are in place for our safety. Rather we agree with all of them or not, we should still abide by them. Even when things do start to open again, you can still stay home and follow the same procedures.
The CDC gives more great information specifically for pregnant and breastfeeding women during this COVID-19. They state that pregnant women are at a higher risk of severe illness when infected with viruses from the same family as COVID-19 and other viral respiratory infections, such as influenza. They also state that “Mother-to-child transmission of coronavirus during pregnancy is unlikely, but after birth a newborn is susceptible to person-to-person spread.” To me, this would mean maybe keep visits to a minimum, if any at all, for a while after birth.
You can visit CDC for more information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/pregnancy-breastfeeding.html. You can also visit Medela and La Leche League for more information and tips.
Prayers for all you new Mamas, repeat Mamas & everyone reading to be safe, healthy, & well!