How it spreads:
The virus spreads mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may also spread when people touch a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes. Many people without symptoms are spreading the virus. Some people are “asymptomatic,” meaning they have the virus but don’t have symptoms. Others are “pre-symptomatic,” which means they have the virus but show no symptoms for a while, but later they will have symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.
Mild symptoms to a severe illness can appear within 2-14 days of being infected. Symptoms include:
-Shortness of breath
-Repeated shaking with chills
-Loss of smell or taste.
If you think you may have COVID-19, please call your health care provider and they can help you be tested. If they ask you to come into the office, do wear a face-mask and gloves before you enter the facility.
WHAT PREGNANT WOMEN NEED TO KNOW
At this time, we have limited pregnancy-specific data about COVID-19. More studies are being published and we are learning more each day. The available information at this moment suggests pregnant women may have the same risk as other non-pregnant adults. Public health and medical groups are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and providing regular updates.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:
2.During pregnancy, your immune system is less quick to respond to illness so you’re more likely to become sick.
3.Based on limited reports, adverse outcomes like preterm birth have been reported among babies born to moms with COVID-19, but it’s not clear if that’s related to maternal infection.
4.As of now it’s not clear if a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can transmit the virus to her baby, but newborns can get infected with COVID-19 right after birth from someone with the virus. Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, data had suggested that babies born to moms with the virus did not test positive for COVID-19.
5.So far, the COVID-19 virus has not been found in the breast milk of women with COVID-19. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says, if you have COVID-19 it’s best to express your milk and a healthy caregiver can feed your breast milk to your baby. A mom with COVID-19 who request direct breastfeeding needs to:
THINGS TO DO:
2.Call your hospital or birth center and ask them about any restrictions they have on the number of support persons (e.g. doula, spouses, family) allowed in the room during labor and delivery. Update your Birth Plan by using our template here.
3.If you are in labor and you have, or think may have COVID-19, call the hospital before you go so the staff can properly prepare and protect your baby and others from being infected.
4.If you have or may have COVID-19, your health care provider may recommend that you stay in a separate room from your newborn until the risk of spreading the infection is over. If you and your baby are not separated, you can reduce the chances of your baby being infected by washing your hands thoroughly and wearing a facemask before each feeding.
5.If you are temporarily separated from your newborn and you want to breastfeed, you can:
6.Take care of yourself. We are living through a public health emergency that is creating a lot of stress, fear and anxiety in families across the U.S. For new moms, caring for a new baby while feeling sore, tired and stressed can be a lot to handle. But there are several things you can do to care for yourself:
7.Know you are not alone. Staying connected with friends and family in a virtual way is important. Reach out, share your story and talk to other expecting and new moms online.