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COVID-19 and Pregnancy

The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed many concerns, and even fears, about our general health. Being pregnant during COVID-19 can be especially stressful as you question everything you do to protect yourself and your baby.

At Raveco Medical, our experienced obstetrics team is working hard to ensure you have the resources you need to thrive during the pandemic. While the risks of COVID-19 complications are higher for pregnant women, there are ways to protect yourself.

An overview of COVID-19

COVID-19 (coronavirus) is a respiratory virus that spreads through droplets when you sneeze, cough, or talk. The virus affects people in many different ways. Some people are asymptomatic, meaning they carry the virus but experience no symptoms.

In others, a number of COVID-19 symptoms can develop 2-14 days after being exposed to the virus. These symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening and include:

For some, breathing difficulties become severe enough to need emergency medical attention. Some might need the assistance of supplemental oxygen or a ventilator to maintain proper oxygen levels.

COVID-19 risks during pregnancy

In general, the risk for complications from COVID-19 in pregnant women is slightly higher than average. An infection during pregnancy may result in more serious respiratory complications in women and require the need for medical attention in the intensive care unit.

Pregnant women with COVID-19 might also be more likely to deliver prematurely. However, the risk of COVID-19 complications in your baby after birth are still unknown and being researched.

Our team at Raveco Medical offers comprehensive care and support during these concerning times, so you can relax and enjoy your pregnancy. You can schedule a pregnancy consultation if you’ve just learned you’re pregnant. You should also continue following through with your routine appointments throughout your pregnancy.

Other ways you can protect yourself and your baby during COVID-19 include:

Use good judgment

If you’re thinking about going out in public, consider the risks of being around other people at your destination.

While you might need to shop for groceries and other essentials, you should limit your exposure to environments where people gather whenever possible.

It’s also wise to stock up on essentials, including your prescription medications, so you don’t have to go out as often.

Wear a mask

When you must go out, be sure to wear your mask whenever you can’t remain six feet apart from others.

Keep an extra mask in your car or purse to ensure you have one whenever you need it. Also, be sure to dispose of paper masks after using them and wash fabric masks with soap and hot water after wearing.

Wash your hands

Handwashing is essential for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to destroy the virus particles.

If you don’t have access to soap and water when away from home, carry a sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Avoid putting your hands on your face as much as possible, especially when you’re around other people.

Report new symptoms as soon as possible

If you start experiencing unusual symptoms, whether or not they relate to COVID-19, it’s important that you report them to our team at Raveco Medical as soon as possible.

Our providers can help you determine if you need COVID-19 testing or any treatments for your symptoms over the phone. If you experience sudden shortness of breath or difficulties with your breathing, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room without delay.

You should also report any possible exposure to infected persons to our team right away, so you can get tested for the virus as well.

Consider getting vaccinated

While the vaccination process is underway throughout the United States, not all locations operate the same way.

Even before you become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, you should talk about your decision to vaccinate with our Raveco Medical team. They can provide you with the information you need to make a decision for yourself and your baby based on your unique pregnancy needs and medical history.

If you have any questions about COVID-19 and your pregnancy, schedule a consultation online or call the Raveco Medical office nearest you today.

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