I Am Pregnant – How Does Coronavirus Affect Me?

I Am Pregnant - How Does Coronavirus Affect Me?

The coronavirus pandemic has been an unsettling time for all. This ‘invisible enemy’ has created social, economic and healthcare havoc. As countries go through complete lockdowns, and increasing fresh cases and fatalities are experienced, it is natural that some of you who are pregnant may feel anxious or worried.

It is no secret that Pregnant women have been recently listed as a vulnerable group with regards to COVID-19. Syrona hopes to answer some of the burning questions you might have curated by our experts.

1. Do pregnant women experience any specific symptoms of coronavirus infection in particular?

For now, there is no concrete evidence to show that pregnant women suffer any additional symptoms to the common symptoms associated with COVID-19 such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, headache, and loss of sense of smell. If you have severe difficulty in breathing or persisting pain/pressure in the chest, please seek medical attention immediately.

 

2. If I am already infected, will the virus be transmitted from me to the baby ?

There is not enough evidence to show that the virus is transmitted from mothers to their babies during pregnancy or birth. A study conducted in Wuhan showed that none of the infants developed serious clinical symptoms such as fever, cough, diarrhoea, or abnormal radiologic or haematologic evidence, and all four infants were well at the time of hospital discharge.Hence, based on current knowledge, it is unlikely that the virus will cause serious problems for your baby if you are diagnosed with the infection.

 

3. What can I do to prevent coronavirus? Should I take special precautions?

Pregnant women should follow the same guidance given by the government for the general population. That includes regular hand washing, avoiding contact with those displaying symptoms of coronavirus, avoiding non-essential use of public transport, working from home if possible and social distancing. Gatherings with friends and family should be limited. Also, it is recommended that pregnant women in their third trimester strictly comply with social distancing.

 

4. Should I continue following my pregnancy check-up routines?

You should continue your pregnancy check-up routines if you are well. The health service is now facing unprecedented levels of demand, which may lead to delays in appointments with your maternity team. Therefore, we advise you to contact them if you have any routine scans or visits due in the coming days. Remember that maternity care is essential; not attending antenatal care may cause harm to you, your baby or both of you. However, if you have symptoms of coronavirus infection, you should postpone routine visits until after the isolation period is over.

 

References:

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fped.2020.00104/full

https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/coronavirus-covid-19-pregnancy-and-womens-health/coronavirus-covid-19-and-gynaecological-services/

What Impact Does Coronavirus (COVID-19) Have On Endometriosis Patients?

What Impact Does Coronavirus (COVID-19) Have On Endometriosis Patients?

The global outbreak of Coronavirus has been an unsettling time, causing a lot of anxiety. To those who have endometriosis, may feel like it is a difficult time for them. Living with chronic pain is no easy feat and we hear you ladies! Endometriosis UK teamed up with the  Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to deliver advice and put together guidance for people living with endometriosis during the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

If I Have Endometriosis, Can I Be More At Risk Of Contracting the Coronavirus?

Women with endometriosis have been reassured that they do not have an increased risk of catching the disease. The advice for those with endometriosis is similar to the general population – minimise social contact and regularly wash your hands with soap.

 

What Is Thoracic Endometriosis ?

Thoracic endometriosis is a form of extra-pelvic endometriosis that occurs when lesions spread to the diaphragm and the lungs. Due to the variety of organs involved, it is one of the most complex forms of endometriosis to surgically treat.

 

Do People With Thoracic Endometriosis Have an Increased Risk of the Coronavirus?

People with thoracic endometriosis — where the tissue growth is within the chest cavity, i.e., the lungs or on the diaphragm — may be more at risk. As COVID-19 is a respiratory tract infection, those that have pre-existing respiratory (breathing) problems are more at risk, and so it may be that if you have thoracic endometriosis you could be more at risk. Advice for those with thoracic endometriosis is similar to those who aren’t at risk: minimise all social contact, wash your hands more regularly, and self-isolate.

 

What Impact Does Coronavirus Have On Endometriosis Patients Like Me?

Due to unprecedented demand for resourcing, Endometriosis patients are likely to have their surgery delayed or rescheduled as the vast majority of endometriosis surgery is classified as non urgent surgery. You also might have difficulty in referrals. Telemedicine options may be available to you and many online prescription services help to deliver essential medicines to your home.

 

References:

https://www.endometriosis-uk.org/coronavirus-covid-19-and-endometriosis

https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/