The world is witnessing the dedication shown by medical professionals who are working hard to treat the patients infected by the novel corona virus disease (Covid -19). People of all age groups are anxious and concerned as they wait patiently for this pandemic to end. It is true that elderly are more at risk for getting the infection.
A lot of people have questions about the health risks for pregnant women at this time.
Considering the cases of Covid -19, experts say that pregnant women have been at minimum risk compared to other adults. Yet, there are a lot of precautions to be taken as presently there is no specific treatment for this disease.
Health Care is Important
It has been seen that the elderly and people with weakened immune system were affected the most by the corona virus disease.
However, one should not forget that a pregnant woman undergoes a lot of physiological changes. There are also changes in her immune system. These changes can make a woman prone to respiratory infections and other illnesses. Studies have shown that high fever in early stage of pregnancy can lead to birth defects. Thus, it is of utmost importance to take proper care.
Women in their pregnancy should consume nutritious foods to boost their immunity besides having supplements. Going for regular medical check-up is also essential.
Pregnancy is a life stage where a woman requires complete medical attention for the sake of her physical and mental health. Also, for the financial security of her family, buying maternity insurance is advisable. ‘Joy’ by Religare Health Insurance is a specific maternity health cover product that provides coverage for various maternity related expenses.
Do Infants Face the Health Risk?
It is not yet known if the virus can get transferred to the unborn baby during pregnancy. The coronavirus spreads through respiratory droplets when any infected person coughs or sneezes. It has not yet been confirmed if coronavirus can get transferred from the expectant mother to the unborn baby or through breast milk to infants. Still, it is vital that infants and pregnant women are given protection from any kind of infections and illnesses.
Compared to other children, infants can be at greater risk. One cannot completely rule out the fact that infections may get transmitted to babies during birth. Thus, it is better to focus on ensuring proper health care to avoid complications.
How to Protect Pregnant Women from Covid -19?
Pregnant women should follow all the precautionary measures which are recommended for preventing coronavirus infection. That includes:
- Staying away from people who are sick
- Protecting oneself from catching flu or cold
- Having regular meals rich in nutrients
- Frequently washing hands with soap and water or sanitizer
- Washing hands for minimum of 20 seconds
- Covering cough or sneeze with tissues
Pregnant women are also advised to speak to their doctor for any concerns regarding their health. Self-medication is not advisable if one is feeling unwell. While going for routine check-up, they must wear mask and ensure social distancing.
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