There have been various indecisive thoughts about the risk associated with testing positive for Covid-19 while pregnant. A recent study conducted by the Oxford University found that pregnant women infected with coronavirus and their newborns may face a higher risk or complications than the previously known. Though this is not the same for all pregnant women.
The Oxford University study was a smaller one and needs to be investigated more for conclusive results. According to experts, one has to be more careful during Covid-19 as they are dealing with two lives at a time.
However, the experts say there is nothing to be panicked about if there are no complications involved because mild cases can be cured easily at home by maintaining proper diet, rest, and exercise. Though during the advanced stages of pregnancy there could be some serious complications as the immunity level is quite low.
In the first wave of Covid-19 not many pregnant women got infected with the virus, while in the second wave the number is just increasing at a speedy pace, and women with comorbidities are at more risk.
In many cases, COVID affects the baby by reducing the amniotic fluid around the baby.
Here is everything you need to know about testing corona positive during pregnancy and what you can do:
Dr. Neena Singh, Associate Director – Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Fortis La Femme, New Delhi, explained:
- Don’t Panic
- Immediately consult your Obstetrician Physician
- Describe in details your symptoms eg
- Throat Discomfort
- Arrange for a Blood pressure apparatus Digital thermometer and Pulse Oximeter at home.
- Record your BP, Pulse, and Temperature, Oxygen level before and after 6 minutes of walk.
- Patients must Isolate themselves from other family members. Stay in a separate room away from others.
- The room should be well-ventilated windows to be kept open for fresh air to come in.
- Hydrate yourself well, Take plenty of liquids at least 3 liters per day.
- Take steam inhalation, thrice.
- Do betadine gargles thrice daily, 1:3 dilution 30-second contact tablet with ZINC 50 MGM
- Take vitamin c 500 MGM twice daily.
- Take Vitamin D3 60,000I.U twice a week for 4 doses.
- If slight running nose then takes Montelukast and Cetirizine combination as prescribed by Physician.
- If acidity is a symptom you can take Antacid like Digene gel 15ml three times daily.
- If fever 100*F take tablet Crocin 650
- If Oxygen saturation is more than 94%on room air nothing to worry about.
- Get a blood test as advised by your doctor.
- If oxygen saturation is less than 94% there is shortness of breath fever or persisting for more than 5 days seek urgent consultation.
- Have your mask on whenever your caretaker visits you.
- Parents under home isolation will be able to move out of their room after at least 10 days have passed from the onset of symptoms or from the date of sampling for asymptomatic cases and no fever for 3 days.
STAY HOME! STAY SAFE