COVID-19 has spread across the globe, changing the way you greet friends, the number of times each day you wash your hands, and the necessity of staying at home. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking the virus nationwide and keeping you updated on the status of COVID19 cases.
Most people are concerned about how the virus will affect their health. Pregnant women are particularly concerned about how COVID-19 will affect their pregnancies and newborns.
Dr. Alan Patterson believes that knowledge is power, and he wants you to understand just how the coronavirus might impact you during this challenging time. Here are some things you need to know about pregnancy and COVID-19.
COVID-19 and expectant mothers
The novel coronavirus is a highly contagious virus that has spread across the globe, sickening millions and killing hundreds of thousands. The virus principally attacks the respiratory system and, in the worst cases, severely damages the lungs.
Older people and people with underlying health conditions are part of the high-risk category. The CDC, however, doesn’t yet know if pregnant women are particularly at risk for contracting COVID-19.
Pregnancy can lower your immune system. So it’s especially important that during the pandemic you take precautions to protect yourself.
How to guard against the coronavirus
Pregnant women, like everyone else, can help protect themselves from COVID-19 by practicing good hygiene, including:
- Washing hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds
- Coughing into elbows, not hands
- Avoid touching your face
- Applying hand sanitizer when soap and water isn’t available
- Routinely disinfecting high-touch areas, including faucets, doorknobs, and light switches
- Practicing social distancing by keeping at least six feet apart from other people
- Staying at home except for visiting the grocery store, doctors, or pharmacies
Does COVID-19 harm newborns?
You’re probably losing sleep over how the coronavirus might affect your new baby. Unfortunately, the CDC doesn’t yet have much data on how the virus affects newborns.
Mothers are still encouraged to breastfeed (even if they have the virus) because breast milk contains immune-boosting components.
How Dr. Patterson can help
Dr. Patterson wants your pregnancy to go smoothly and for you to stay healthy, particularly during this frightening pandemic.
We are still seeing obstetrics patients in our office to ensure that our pregnant patients are getting the care they need. If you are pregnant, please call us to book your appointment today. We are also seeing patients in our office that are having gynecological problems or gynecological emergencies.
Maintaining your safety during appointments
We are ensuring that patients are not experiencing respiratory issues when they visit our office and sanitizing all surfaces regularly.
All staff are wearing masks and gloves to reduce the probability of virus transmission and washing our hands for 20 seconds after every interaction, inside and outside of the office.
Keep in mind, at this time patients may not be accompanied by other people at their appointments.
For added convenience, our team is offering telemedicine appointments for the following conditions:
- Yeast infections
- Birth control consultations
- Vaginitis (vaginal infections)
- Hormone replacement therapy consultations
- Pre-menopause and menopause
- Abnormal periods.
Please call the office to determine if your need for services qualifies for a telemedicine appointment.
If you have particular concerns, please contact our office. Call 954-613-0070, or use our online scheduling tool.