IF YOU ARE PREGNANT – OR TRYING TO CONCEIVE - STAY HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE! This particular type of Coronavirus – COVID-19 – has only been on this earth for three months. Doctors and scientists know very little about its potential negative impact on a pregnant woman, as well as her baby.
COVID-19 Pandemic & Pregnancy
We only know the effects of previous viral infections, such as influenza and SARS infections, from previous years. Due to diminished immunity, pregnant women, as well as individuals over 65 years of age, are at the highest risk of dying from the influenza virus, so I assume the same will probably be true for this Coronavirus, although we really don’t know for sure.
We do know that if a pregnant woman gets the coronavirus with its associated high fevers, the high fever could cause a higher risk of miscarriage and birth defects, which is true for any woman getting a high fever in the first eight to 12 weeks of pregnancy. That, we have known for decades.
A report out of China reported evidence of this Coronavirus passing through the placenta and infecting the baby (even though earlier comments from "experts" stated otherwise). There is no definitive answer yet, and it is difficult to determine what information coming from other countries is accurate or factual. Today, however, three scientific reports about COVID-19 infections in pregnant women, two of which are published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, are raising concerns that it is able to infect a fetus in the womb.
Furthermore, the unproven drug, Chloroquine, which is being tried with some success on desperately ill patients with COVID-19 in intensive care, can’t be given to pregnant women since it is associated with birth defects!
There are still no formal recommendations from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, about whether women should avoid getting pregnant during this pandemic crisis. At Fertility Centers of Illinois and most fertility practices, as well as OBGYN practices, there is no consensus of opinion.
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