As a mom-to-be, your mind understandably races with a million questions. And the current pandemic has not done anything to allay those fears.
Questions such as “Can it affect my unborn/newborn child?”, “Is it safe for me to be close to my baby once he/she is born?”, and many more.
So, to answer all your questions about COVID and pregnancy – here’s an article that can help with just that!
Question 1: Are pregnant women more prone to COVID-19 infection?
Answer: No, pregnant women are not at risk of catching COVID-19 or suffering more severe disease than other adults of the same age.
However, due to the changes that occur in your bodies and immune systems during pregnancy, you’re more prone to be badly affected by certain respiratory infections.
Therefore, it is important to take necessary precautions to protect yourself from against COVID-19.
Question 2: Can I pass the COVID-19 virus to my unborn child? Is my baby safe?
Answer: So far, there has been no evidence that the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted to your unborn child during pregnancy or childbirth. Research is currently underway to understand the impact of COVID-19 infection on pregnant women.
Therefore it is best you speak to your antenatal care provider for specific indications on how to proceed with antenatal appointments and your delivery plan in case you succumb to COVID-19. However you should prepare yourself to avoid the worst case scenario.
Question 3: Should I exercise during my pregnancy and what can I do at home?
Answer: The pandemic has definitely restricted one’s ability to go out and get some fresh air, therefore it is important for you to find ways to get some way to exercise at home.
Even a bare minimum of 3-5 minutes of physical activity including stretching or walking can improve blood circulation, reduces high blood pressure, aids in beating depression, delays the onset of dementia and improves the overall feeling of happiness and wellbeing.
So, to get you on the road to stay healthy, here are 5 simple exercises you can do at home:
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