The coronavirus pandemic changed way more than we thought it would. The way we work has changed in terms of schedule and location, while our recreational activities are now restricted to old school gardening and cooking, rather than going out with friends.
The pandemic has definitely had a considerable impact on the economy as well as the healthcare system of the country, and the world at large.
A report by UNICEF expects 20 million births in the coming 9 months in India alone, which means the number of expecting mothers in the country is very high. Such increase in the number of expecting mothers all over the world is visible too.
The pandemic has had a drastic impact on how women treated their pregnancies and how babies were delivered previously. According to Dr. Shivani Chandan L, Consultant, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, as precautionary measures for expecting mothers during the coronavirus pandemic, the following practices have become the new normal.
- All pregnant women have to take the COVID 19 test prior to delivery
- Wearing a mask during labour and delivery has become a must
- We do not allow the father/relatives to be present during and after delivery
- Most couples are going through this journey alone due to the travel restrictions
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However, at the same time, practising some precautions after the baby is born, or while a to-be-mom is at the hospital for her delivery, has become extremely important during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Dr. Ambuja Govindaraj, Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pregnant woman should take precautions to avoid COVID -19 infection by practising physical distancing, avoid physical gatherings, wear mask and hand sanitisation.
They should protect themselves from exposure to the virus and closely monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19. They should seek medical care early if they live in affected or at-risk areas and have fever, cough or difficulty in breathing.
Vertical transmission is rare. Pregnant women need to take proper nutrition and supplements as suggested by their doctor. Any symptoms of fever, cough or sore throat they should report to the doctor immediately.