Social distancing and lockdown measures are stressful for everyone recently impacted by COVID-19. However, expectant mothers are facing several unique challenges and worries. There are numerous unknown variables at this time, and when combined with feelings of isolation, many mothers-to-be are feeling anxious.
Perhaps one of the most effective ways to curb anxiety during this time is to stay informed, relying on credible sources — all while limiting your intake of ongoing news. To date, available data is limited. Here is what researchers have discovered thus far.
A recent study looked at a total of nine studies, including 101 infected pregnant women. The most common symptoms included fever (66.7%), cough (39.4%), fatigue (15.2%), and breathing difficulties (14.1%). In addition, 83.9% of infected women gave birth via a C-section, 30.4% of births were delivered preterm, and 17.9% of babies had a low birth weight.
While some viruses can be passed from mother to fetus in utero, including rubella, measles, and Zika, respiratory viruses, in general, are not. Based on this study, of the 33 infants born to mothers with COVID-19 in China, three tested positive following birth. While the researchers believe that these cases were likely maternal in origin, no conclusions have been made at this time.
Bottom line: While there are concerns surrounding the immune systems of pregnant women, to date, all pregnant women infected with COVID-19 have survived. Most infected women experience symptoms similar to the common cold. However, more research is needed to better understand the full implications of COVID-19 for pregnant women and their babies. Stay informed, sourcing your information from trusted sources.
For many expectant mothers, COVID-19 has eliminated the option to host a baby shower, have family members with them at key appointments, and has left many feeling overwhelmed during a time when they need their friends and family most.
In order to better manage growing feelings of anxiety remember to:
At the end of the day, although the current pandemic is frightening, it will pass. The actions you take now could make all the difference in terms of your future health, as well as the health of your baby. Continue to practice social distancing and make self-care your top priority.
Speak to your doctor about any available classes that will help ease your anxiety surrounding childbirth and if you’re struggling with your mental health, please do not hesitate to seek online therapy. You’re not in this alone.
Read more COVID-19-related resources here.
You can also check out the following pregnancy resources for further support:
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