The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has a lot of people worried. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently labeled this strand of coronavirus a pandemic. It has impacted nearly every country around the world. If you are an expectant/birth mother, you may be extra concerned about your health, or have many questions on how to stay safe. In this time of social distancing, self-quarantining, and genuine uncertainty, it is hard to feel comfortable with anything – including an unplanned pregnancy.
If you are in this situation, take a deep breath. It is just as important to care for your mental and emotional health, as well as your physical health. Doctors and health experts agree that some of the best ways to defend yourself from COVID-19 include practicing good hygiene and avoiding group gatherings. If you need support at any time, know that help is available. Adoptions With Love is still working hard during this time of need. If you are considering adoption or would like to meet with one of our counselors, you can do so at any point – over the phone, video chat, or in-person if you wish.
At Adoptions With Love, we understand this is a difficult time for you. To help you get through this, we have answered some frequently asked questions around coronavirus during pregnancy.
- Are pregnant women at a higher risk for contracting COVID-19?
Your body undergoes many changes during pregnancy, which inherently can make you more susceptible to illness. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that it is currently unclear whether pregnant women are more at-risk than the general population for contracting COVID-19. Research is still being done. That said, health experts are urging pregnant women to get their flu shot, if they have not yet done so. Influenza can be more serious for pregnant women.
- Can I go to prenatal appointments during the COVID-19 crisis?
It is best to contact your health care provider for the answer to this question, as appointment regulations will vary by practice. Many OB/GYN and midwiferies around the country are continuing to see patients as normal. Some, however, are rescheduling routine appointments for later dates, while others are offering virtual appointments. You will still need to seek treatment occasionally for important blood work, ultrasounds and fetal monitoring. Check with your doctor or midwife for their policies and professional opinion on how to do so.
If you are making an adoption plan and need help finding a doctor that will see you during this time, please do not hesitate to contact Adoptions With Love for support.
- How can I maintain a safe pregnancy during this time?
There are many ways to protect yourself and those around you from the novel coronavirus. In fact, these recommendations are the same as those for the general public, including:
- Thorough and frequent handwashing (when soap and water are unavailable, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol)
- Avoid touching your face when in public
- Practice social distancing (at least 6 feet between others)
- Avoid groups gatherings
- Frequently clean and disinfect household surfaces
- Focus on boosting your own immune system with extra nutrients, water, and sleep
- Stay home if you are feeling unwell, even if it just feels like allergies or a common cold
- Contact your doctor immediately if you experience common COVID-19 symptoms
- Can COVID-19 be passed from a pregnant woman to a fetus or newborn?
At this time, there is no evidence to support the idea that COVID-19 can be passed on to a baby in utero. In a small study of nine pregnant women who were infected with the virus and showed symptoms, none of their babies were affected. When tested, the virus was not present in the amniotic fluid or in breast milk.
- How will Coronavirus impact my delivery and hospital stay?
If you are already far along in your pregnancy, you may be concerned about your stay in the hospital. Fear not: the medical teams at hospitals around the country are taking extra precautions to keep pregnant patients (and their babies) safe and healthy. While your time at the hospital may be a bit different than standard routine – i.e. some hospitals are restricting the number of support and visitors – your birth experience and care will be the same. The staff at Massachusetts General Hospital, for example, are trained in infection prevention practices to prevent the spread of any infectious diseases. It is best to check with your own health care provider for more information on what to expect from your delivery and hospital stay.
If you are making an adoption plan with Adoptions With Love, we will continue to ensure your delivery and hospital stay go as planned. We will make certain you have the care team you deserve, and that you are comfortable with every measure. We can also be at the hospital with you, and will take every precaution to ensure we keep you safe.
- Is Adoptions With Love still working with expectant/birth mothers at this time?
As always, the dedicated team at Adoptions With Love continues to work with expectant/birth mothers. Especially during this time of uncertainty and fear, our loving staff is here to discuss any of the concerns and questions you may have about your pregnancy, birth, and adoption plan. We are always here for you, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. A staff member will always be at the office, and we have many counselors working remotely who can also speak with you. If you need to meet us in-person, we can arrange a safe visit.
Whether you have just found out you are pregnant or you are due any day now, we understand that this can be a scary situation – pandemic or not! The ever-growing number of cases and 24-hour news cycle can make anyone rattled. It is best, for your own sanity, to turn it off for a bit and focus on your health and your adoption plan. This is where we can step in and help.
Call us anytime for support. We are here to listen. Reach out to us by phone at 1-800-722-7731, text us confidentially at 1-617-777-0722, or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us guide you through your pregnancy and ease your mind during this coronavirus outbreak.