You, your unborn baby, and COVID-19

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

pregnant African-American womanPregnant women don't need to take any precautions during the coronavirus pandemic other than what everyone else is being told to do – so says a pro-life OBGYN group.

Dr. Donna Harrison, executive director of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, tells OneNewsNow that pregnant women shouldn't be panicking. "In fact, there's a lot of reasons for hope," she adds.

"Pregnant women do not seem to be at any increased risk over and above other people for COVID infections, and serious infections in pregnant women are not common," Harrison continues. "That's one reason why we don't have a lot of information about COVID in pregnancy – because if COVID infections caused a lot of problems in pregnancy, we'd have a lot of pregnant women with COVID infections to study. But we don't have very many."

Nevertheless, Harrison encourages pregnant women to do the same things everyone is else is doing – avoiding unnecessary travel, washing their hands frequently with soap and water, and refraining from social interactions whenever possible.

Harrison

"It's very important that she stay in close communication [with her physician]; and if she has symptoms of coronavirus infection, she certainly should call her doctor," Harrison advises. "Symptoms include headache, fever, a dry cough, [and] a sore throat – so those kinds of things should cause her to call her doctor."

As for what medications a pregnant woman can take, Dr. Harrison says that too should be something for the woman to discuss with a doctor.

"The virus affects lung tissue, but babies in utero don't need their lungs to breathe [because] they're breathing through their umbilical cord, and babies tend to heal very well," Harrison explains.

"So … even if the mom were infected and even if, in the rare chance that the virus would cross through to the baby, [we would expect] that the baby would still do very well."

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