COVID19 :DOES PREGNANT WOMEN TRANSFER THE VIRUS TO THEIR CHILD
Can the virus pass to my baby during pregnancy or childbirth?
Judging from the women who have given birth while infected with this coronavirus, the answer is probably no — or more accurately, there’s no strong evidence that it does. There are one or two known cases where a newborn tested positive for the virus but no evidence that they got it while in the womb. COVID-19 is a disease that’s mainly passed from person to person through droplets (think the coughs and sneezes of infected people). Your baby can only be exposed to such droplets after birth. In one tiny study looking at nine pregnant Chinese women infected with the new coronavirus in the last trimester of pregnancy, the virus didn’t show up in samples taken from their amniotic fluid or cord blood or in throat swabs of the newborns. Obviously, a larger sample size is needed.
Does pregnant women with COVID-19 deliver through vagina or cesarean section?
Whether you deliver your baby vaginally or via cesarean will depend on a lot of factors, and not just whether you have COVID-19. But experts trusted Source say a vaginal delivery is favorable to a cesarean delivery, provided you’re eligible for a vaginal delivery and aren’t recommended for a c-section due to other factors. Performing surgery on a body already weakened with a serious virus might cause additional complications.
Can the coronavirus pass through breast milk?
In the few studies that have been done on breastfeeding women with the coronavirus, the answer appears to be no. But experts caution that more research needs to be done before they can definitively say there’s no risk. The CDCTrusted Source says if you’re a new mom who has COVID-19 (or suspects you might), talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of breastfeeding. If you do decide to breastfeed, you can help limit your baby’s exposure to the virus by:
- wearing a face mask
- washing your hands thoroughly before touching your baby; be sure to get under your nails and into the webbing of your fingers
- washing your hands thoroughly before handling a breast pump or bottle
considering having someone who is well give the baby a bottle of expressed breast milk