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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is making so many headlines. If you're pregnant, we've summarized some of the biggest takeaways for you! Ultimately, if you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19, schedule an appointment with your doctor. If you don't have prenatal care, Birth Choice can help to enroll you with Healing Hands Ministries and even schedule your first appointment with our on-site Care Navigator, available every Monday from 8AM-4PM. Call us at 214-631-2402 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
COVID-19 is a new virus that causes respiratory illness, including a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms can be mild or severe. In more severe cases, patients can develop pneumonia or organ failure.
COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person contact. Because it is a respiratory illness, it can transfer through "respiratory droplets" from an infected person's cough or sneeze or by being in close contact with an infected person. It is also possible to be infected by touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching your face. You can learn more details on the CDC's website.
According to the CDC's website, there is nothing specific to COVID-19 that would make a pregnant woman more susceptible, but because of the changes happening in a pregnant woman's body, they may generally be more at-risk for any respiratory infection, including this one. Unfortunately, not much is known about how COVID-19 could affect the child in utero, but studies are being done to learn more.
Pregnant women are always advised to wash hands thoroughly and frequently and, if possible, to not be in close contact with sick people while they are pregnant. This is especially important in light of the outbreak of COVID-19. The CDC recommends these main measures, among a few more:
The CDC's website has tons of good information on COVID-19. Check out their website for more details on what we've discussed above.
If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, contact your doctor. Don't have a doctor? No worries. Schedule an appointment with Birth Choice to get started with prenatal care through Healing Hands Ministries. Call us at 214-631-2402 to schedule.