Pregnant and infected with corona. What’s next?

Infected with corona and pregnant. It’s normal if it makes you more worried. So far, it doesn’t seem necessary. You’re infected with corona. Now what?

Are you really infected?

You have a cough, feel your throat burn… Oh, my God, is this the beginning? Normally you wouldn’t even think about the cough, now you start feeling panic. Would you be infected with corona, too? Yeah, it’s certainly possible. It’s predicted that about 60% – 70% – 80% of all people will become infected over time. But that doesn’t mean you’re infected now. It could also be a common cold. Or even an ordinary flu. So stay calm. Stress isn’t at all good for you and your baby, and stress makes you more susceptible to corona. There’s probably nothing going on! Feel the panic rising, look for relaxation by going into nature, for example. And furthermore: stay away from others to prevent further infection.

See your baby despite the coronacrisis!

No extra checks, no extra risk!

Even if you have been in contact with a corona patient, if you are infected with the virus or if you think you are, there is not much going on. Don’t forget: this too is just a flu or a cold. It is different for everyone. Sometimes it’s limited to a sore throat and/or coughing. You can also be terribly ill for a few days. But so far it appears that a corona infection is exactly the same with a pregnant woman as with a non-pregnant woman. It seems that there is no extra risk for the pregnant or unborn child, certainly not in the first and second trimester (up to 28 weeks) of pregnancy. So there is no need for extra check-ups and you don’t have to worry.

Third trimester pregnancy

Pregnant women don’t belong to the vulnerable group anyway, just remember that. As a pregnant woman you are neither extra vulnerable nor extra susceptible to corona. From the third trimester onwards, however, you are a little more at risk because of possible respiratory complaints and any artificial respiration you may need. So a little more.

In fact, the risks from the third trimester onwards are not necessarily different from those of a regular flu. You have to keep an eye on the fever, because it can have a negative effect on the contractions and your baby. As soon as your body temperature rises above 38.5, call your doctor or gynaecologist. Drink enough water, broth and swallow paracetamol to reduce the fever. Give your body plenty of rest. You will be fine!

Childbirth with contamination

At least you don’t have to worry about your baby. He or she sits comfortably and safely in your belly, even if you are infected with corona. The virus does not reach the child through the placenta. So far there seems to be no risk for the unborn baby. But what about the delivery that is approaching, what’s different?

As soon as you enter childbirth and belong to the risk group: you have fever, respiratory complaints or anxiety, you will certainly be tested for corona. Until the results are known,you will be isolated. If the test is positive, it is advisable to give birth in hospital. You will end up in a separate room and will be given a mouthguard during (and after) delivery. You and your baby will be closely monitored by the doctors. Furthermore, the delivery will not or hardly differ from a normal delivery. However, giving birth in the bath is not recommended, because this increases the chance of the virus spreading.

Give birth in hospital or at home?

If you have tested positive for corona, or if there is a medical indication, it is wiser and safer to give birth in hospital. If this is not the case, it is worth considering giving birth at home. After all, there are fewer coronapositive patients there than in hospital.

Hospital births are under pressure. There are hospitals in which non-medical deliveries are kept out of the hospital by coronary pressure. At the moment, however, in most cities the choice is still to give birth at home or in hospital. It remains to be seen how long this will remain the case. Also, the partner may still be present at the birth (maximum 1 person). Whether this remains the case, is the question.

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After birth

Also (newborn) babies do not belong to the risk group. They are vulnerable and small, but are still protected by the antibodies that have penetrated through the placenta. Breastfeeding also protects the small baby’s immune system. The immune system of premature babies can be less strong, but they end up in an incubator. A super safe place for a baby!

It seems that babies are less susceptible to the virus. And if they get infected, they’ll have fewer symptoms. Be careful with maternity visits anyway. Or rather, don’t do it. If you’re infected yourself, no one should come near you. But don’t run the risk of infecting others. Maternity visits can be done via the window or skype. Please be patient, soon you will be able to proudly show your baby to the outside world.

Breastfeeding?

You have corona. Can you breastfeed your baby? Yeah, sure, this is even good for your baby! Provided you use a mouth mask, wash your hands before every touch and clean the pumping machine thoroughly after each use. You can’t be too careful! Of course, this does not only apply to breastfeeding.

Are you pregnant and infected with corona? This does not immediately make you or your baby extra vulnerable. Take it easy, stay away from others, keep an eye on your temperature and take care of yourself. Don’t forget to enjoy your pregnancy happiness!

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