26 March 2020 | News
Dr. Archana Dhawan Bajaj, Gynecologists and Obstetrician and IVF Expert, Nurture IVF Centre talks about COVID-19 & pregnant woman
It is one of the biggest concern for experts that could the COVID19 affect that pregnant woman and can it infect the unborn child?
“Presently there is no evidence of the virus being transmitted in the womb. However, there is a huge risk immediately after baby being born. Pregnant women are more susceptible to flu viruses in general as their immunity is low; they need more oxygen as their lungs are compressed. However this is not the case with COVID19, more men have been affected than women till now”, informs Dr Archana Dhawan Bajaj
However, it is important for Pregnant women to protect themselves and others by taking simple steps:
Breastfeed is very effective against infectious diseases as it transmits antibodies and offers important immunity to the newly born, hence at the time of birth, if the mother is too ill, then she should be assisted with breast milk extraction, added Dr Archana Dhawan Bajaj
For the women who have COVID19, WHO recommends:
It is advised to get Flu vaccination, it will not protect you from COVID19 but you can be protected from flu, which can be very difficult for pregnant women.