What is the advice if I am in my first trimester of pregnancy during the Coronavirus pandemic?
The coronavirus outbreak is obviously stressful for soon-to-be moms who wonder how it might mean for their developing baby. Pregnant females are likely to have many questions about how coronavirus may affect their first trimester of pregnancy and their baby. Read ahead to clear your doubts and safeguard yourself and your baby during the first trimester of pregnancy in times of COVID pandemic.
Pregnancy has 3 trimesters and each of the trimesters is marked by specific fetal developments. The female’s body also undergoes various changes during the first trimester, which may cause uncomfortable symptoms, including fatigue, nausea or morning sickness, breast tenderness and frequent urination.
The first trimester of pregnancy is the most crucial to the development of the baby. During the first trimester, the baby’s body structure and the organ systems develop. Miscarriages and birth defects occur most commonly during this period. This is why care during the first trimester is highly emphasized by OB-GYNs. Get an appointment with the best doctor in Chandigarh, Dr. Pragya Goel for your pregnancy at Grecian Hospital.
Can Coronavirus cause problems in the first trimester of my pregnancy?
This is a common concern of expecting females and their families in the times of the COVID-19 outbreak. However, it is not yet known if COVID-19 can cause complications or problems during the first trimester of pregnancy or affect the health and development of your baby. The best bet here is to keep yourself safe and healthy and stay in touch with your doctor for any complications or symptoms you experience.
How can pregnant women in the first trimester protect themselves from the risk of contracting Coronavirus?
The most important step here is to maintain social distancing and excellent hand hygiene. Frequently washing hands properly and thoroughly with a soap or hand wash for about 20 seconds can help keep infections at bay. It is suggested to stay at home as much as possible and avoid going out in public places, if avoidable. In case you need to step out or meet people, wear a mask properly which covers your mouth and nose and do not touch your eyes, mouth, and nose. Remember to keep sanitizer, hand gloves and some extra masks handy.
A female may feel tired or lethargic or maybe troubled with other symptoms of the first trimester of pregnancy. If you feel unwell or have a mild cold or cough, consult your doctor right away and stay at home. Your doctor will suggest the right steps you should take next. Consult Dr. Pragya Goel, the best OB-GYN in Chandigarh at Grecian Hospital for a safe and healthy pregnancy. Keep your body hydrated and get adequate rest to maintain your health.
Does COVID-19 increase the risk of miscarriage or pregnancy complications in the first trimester of pregnancy?
Good news! As of now, there does not appear to be an increased risk of miscarriage or other pregnancy complications such as fetal malformations for pregnant females in the first trimester who are infected with COVID-19.
Information by- the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
But, based on data of other coronaviruses, such as SARS and MERS, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is of the view that pregnant women who get infected with COVID-19 may be at a higher risk for pregnancy complications during the first trimester. However, the data is very limited and it is believed that the COVID-19 infection may not cause serious pregnancy complications in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Speak to our OB-GYN expert Dr. Pragya Goel in case you have doubts or concerns regarding your pregnancy.