The novel Coronavirus spreads through respiratory droplets in the air present due to coughing or sneezing. It can also spread when a person touches a contaminated surface. Children, older people, and those with a low immune system are at higher risk of getting infected with the virus. Also, pregnant women should take good care of their health to fight the virus. Our gynecologist in Aurangabad has seen women worried whether the virus would affect their unborn child. This blog is especially for those pregnant women who fear the COVID-19 virus.
COVID-19 and Pregnancy
Pregnant women have a responsibility to take care of their unborn child. Although, doctors haven’t seen such cases yet where the child gets infected while in the mother’s womb. The child either gets infected after being born or a few days later. A test was conducted on nine pregnant women in her third trimester in Wuhan, China. The reports claimed that none of the mothers developed severe illness, and all the babies were delivered healthily. The risk of the mother spreading virus infection to her fetus is very low.
However, a pregnant woman must take extra care as she becomes more prone to illness, common cold, and flu.
How to prevent virus infection and its transmission?
Although it’s not confirmed yet whether pregnant women are more susceptible to get infected by the COVID-19 virus, women are requested to take necessary precautions and maintain social distance while stepping out of their homes. Some of the best ways they can keep themselves safe during this pandemic period are:
- Wash your hands with water and soap frequently.
- Keeping yourself clean and germ-free is the best way to prevent any contact with the virus.
- Always maintain a safe distance of at least 2 meters or 6 feet when you are in public.
- Do not skip your flu vaccine to protect both the mother and child from infection and diseases like influenza.
- While coughing or sneezing, keep a tissue paper handy.
- Wear a mask every time you step out of the house
- If you develop a cough or any respiratory disease, immediately consult your doctor or our gynecologist in Aurangabad.
- Ask your officials to allow work from home if possible.
- Try to stay indoors as much as possible.
- Symptoms like high fever, common cold, or sneezing should not be ignored as they may indicate the coronavirus infection.
COVID-19 and IVF Baby
Are you waiting for your IVF cycle to succeed in this pandemic? If yes, then the last thing you want right now is stressing over the virus. Stress is not good for women planning to get pregnant or trying to conceive via IVF treatment. At the IVF center in Aurangabad, we encourage women to follow these tips to manage her stress during this COVID-19 situation:
Yoga, combined with a few stretch exercises to relax your muscles, can do wonders on your body and mind. Avoid hot yogas and their overheated rooms. You can join yoga classes under an expert trainer to avoid any complications.
Women trying to get pregnant through IVF are refrained from doing vigorous exercises. But, to clear your mind and attract positive thoughts, you should keep moving. Therefore, slow morning and evening walks can become a stress buster, as it soothes brain chemicals and keeps your mind relaxed and energetic all day.
Letting go of future worries and past regrets is essential during this period. The sensational news running on various media platforms is harmful to your mental health. Meditation helps you restore your mindfulness and gives calmness to your mind.
Write a journal
If a situation has got stuck in your mind and leaving you restless, write it down. Express your feelings on paper, and don’t worry about grammar and sentence formation. It’s you expressing your thoughts with yourself. Whether it’s infertility related to emotional feelings, family issues, or anything you don’t want to share with your closed ones, you can always write it down and calm your mind.
A daily gratitude
When we stress over something, we usually forget things we are blessed with, which creates an emotional imbalance between the good and bad things in your life. Making a list of things that you are grateful for today will bring a smile to your face and wash off the negative feelings. Write about good weather, the taste of your food, time spent with your partner, a good laugh with friends, and so on.
Why is it essential to reduce stress in this pandemic?
People weren’t prepared for this global pandemic. Many lost their jobs, many faced salary deduction, some are away from home, stuck in a different city, and many face difficulty adjusting with their family after so long. Therefore, the stress level among people has risen like never before, which can take a toll on their mental and physical health.
Stress is not just annoying. Your body releases stress hormones that can cascade and develop severe health complications during pregnancy. Also, it can lower your chances of getting success in IVF cycles.
Endoworld hospital and our IVF center in Aurangabad strictly emphasize these tips for women trying to conceive naturally or via ART techniques. To learn more about infertility and pregnancy-related concerns, you can connect with our gynecologist in Aurangabad and increase your chances of a successful pregnancy.