Data Begin To Provide Some Answers On Pregnancy And The Pandemic

A pregnant woman waits in line for groceries at a food pantry in Waltham, Mass., during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A pregnant lady waits in line for groceries at a food kitchen in Waltham, Mass., throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

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” However, I still believe there are many reasons to be alert about COVID-19,” she states. “Its still really important that pregnant ladies take procedures to protect themselves, and its also truly essential that pregnant ladies have access to COVID-19 vaccines as quickly as theyre available.”

While there is still much that is unknown, the picture is beginning to be more clear.

Here are excerpts from her interview on All Things Considered, in which Jamieson goes over how COVID-19 can affect newborns and pregnancies, consisting of the isolation that originates from quarantining as a brand-new moms and dad.

There was a fear that if a pregnant woman was COVID-positive, she may pass that along to her baby, either in utero or during giving birth. Do we know if that takes place?

Dr. Denise Jamieson, chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory Healthcare and member of the COVID-19 task force at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, informs NPRs Sacha Pfeiffer that the recent findings “should be rather encouraging” to pregnant women and their families.

Pregnant females had mountains of issue at the start of the pandemic, and physicians didnt have many answers. Now, months after COVID-19 began sweeping around the world, new research studies and CDC reports are out.

[The infection that causes COVID-19] seems to be able to cross the placenta and contaminate fetuses during pregnancy. The good news is that this doesnt appear to happen really typically, and there isnt proof that when this takes place there is an association with birth defects the method we found with viruses like Zika.

And those children are typically OKAY, despite being infected?

For the most part, the children, yes, have actually succeeded.

I would not suggest to delay in pregnancy. I think females can take procedures to prevent COVID during pregnancy and to protect themselves throughout pregnancy and when to get pregnant is such a personal and complex decision, and this pandemic will probably be with us for a while. I would not encourage delaying pregnancy solely on the basis of the COVID pandemic.

There were some women wondering if they must prevent getting pregnant during the pandemic. To wait until its over to attempt and have an infant?

Have you discovered that the experience of being pregnant or having a child during the pandemic has jeopardized or minimized the joy of pregnancy and shipment for any females?

There were some ladies questioning if they ought to prevent getting pregnant during the pandemic. Would you recommend that? To wait till its over to have an infant and try?

I would not advise to delay in pregnancy. I believe women can take steps to prevent COVID throughout pregnancy and to safeguard themselves during pregnancy and when to get pregnant is such a personal and complicated choice, and this pandemic will most likely be with us for a while. I would not encourage delaying pregnancy exclusively on the basis of the COVID pandemic.

I hope it hasnt considerably minimized the happiness of having a baby, however I do worry that with constraints on visitation in the hospital, and after that likewise the social isolation after females go home from the hospital, I do believe its fundamentally changed the experience of having an infant. … I look forward to a day when the pandemic is over, and we have a safe, efficient and readily available vaccine, and we dont need to social range.

Lauren Hodges, Art Silverman and Patrick Jarenwattananon produced and edited the audio version of this story.