Coronavirus (COVID-19) can affect pregnant women in a number of ways.
Pregnant women are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. This is because the changes that occur in the body during pregnancy can make women more susceptible to respiratory infections. Additionally, pregnant women may have difficulty fighting off infection.
COVID-19 can also increase the risk of pregnancy complications, such as preterm birth and low birth weight. In some cases, COVID-19 can also be passed from mother to baby during pregnancy or childbirth.
However, the risk of serious complications from COVID-19 in pregnant women is relatively low. Most pregnant women who become infected with COVID-19 will only experience mild or moderate symptoms.
The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 during pregnancy is to get vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for pregnant women, and it has been shown to protect against severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19.
Other ways to protect yourself from COVID-19 during pregnancy include:
- Wearing a mask in public indoor settings
- Social distancing
- Washing your hands frequently
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
If you are pregnant and have any concerns about COVID-19, talk to your doctor.
Here are some additional tips for pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Take care of your overall health. This includes eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and getting enough sleep.
- Manage any underlying medical conditions. This could include conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and asthma.
- Attend all of your prenatal appointments. This is important for monitoring your health and the health of your baby.
- Get vaccinated against COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for pregnant women, and it can help protect you and your baby from serious illness.
By following these tips, you can help to protect yourself and your baby from COVID-19 during pregnancy.