Hold-off pregnancy plans till virus is contained: Expert

The Coronavirus poses a threat to the mother and child, given sensitive immune systems during pregnancy

Reading Time: 2 minutes
Hold-off pregnancy plans

If you are planning for pregnancy, now is certainly not the time to do so as pregnant women and infant children are at a high risk of contracting COVID-19, says a doctor specialising in gynaecology and obstetrics.

While there is no evidence of feto-maternal transmission of COVID-19 infection in the womb which means the infection is not automatically passed on to the newborn child from the mother, the child is at risk of acquiring the infection immediately after birth.

Dr S. Padma, Sr Consultant, Obstetrics and Gynaecology says that while COVID-19 positive patients are safely delivering babies both through normal birth process and caesarean procedures, it’s best to avoid planning pregnancy at this time, as newborns have extremely tender immunity systems and they can get infected very quickly.

In such unprecedented times, when all of us are living in constant fear of a deadly virus, the stress and tension that the pregnant women may experience regarding their and their child’s health can also adversely impact the developing fetus.

Pregnant women also have to exercise extreme caution in maintain social distancing even with the family members to avoid contracting the infection. They are again at great risk of contracting the infection at the time of delivery.

“Both the mother and the infant are at the same risk as the general population of getting infected, however with almost all hospitals now catering to COVID patients and the virus spreading rapidly, we would advise that eager would-be parents hold off trying to get pregnant till the situation becomes a little more stable,” Dr. S. Padma said, hinting that hospital visits may increase risk of exposure to the pregnant couple and the unborn child.
In such times, when parents are all the more anxious about their little one’s health and with doctors getting anxious queries from expectant mothers, for those who have already conceived and are on the way to motherhood, it is a must to follow certain precautions to be safe and protected from the deadly virus.

The doctor advises: Pregnant women also have to exercise extreme caution in maintain social distancing even with the family members to avoid contracting the infection. They are again at great risk of contracting the infection at the time of delivery. If a pregnant woman experiences extreme case of coughing or breathlessness, she should immediately report to the hospital. And after the birth of the child, the woman must exercise necessary precaution while breast-feeding by constantly wearing a mask. As of now, no virus has been detected in the breast milk of a COVID-19 positive mothers.

In general, other health measures that can be adopted to keep your pregnancy healthy are thoroughly washing vegetables and fruit before consuming them, washing hands frequently and maintaining a regular physical exercise regime. Above all always stay happy and positive for a sound mental health.

READ ALSO: Yoga and a healthy pregnancy

- Advertisement -

Related Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -


Listen to Indian Link’s NEW Travel Podcast

  Indian Link's NEW travel podcast- Feel New In NSW is all about travel and especially made for people who love to explore places in...

It’s National Blood Donor Week

  It’s National Blood Donor Week. In our new podcast host Ekta Sharma speaks to Canberra‘s Nidhi Kaushik who runs an amazing donation campaign every year....

Let’s Talk Boosters: Indian Link podcast

  In LET'S TALK BOOSTERS, a new podcast series by Indian Link, host Ekta Sharma quizzes Dr Kritman Dhamoon of Blacktown Hospital Sydney about booster...
- Advertisement -

Latest News

Wartime: The World in Danger: A new book by Rajiv Dogra

  A "serious and growing asymmetrical relationship" with China, which has indulged in four instances of "salami slicing" along the un-demarcated border since 2012, and...

Census data shows we’re more culturally diverse than ever

  Initial data from the 2021 census released this week shows Australia continues to become more culturally diverse. Almost half of us have at least one...

Joy at Lord Howe

  Imagine a tiny outcrop in the Pacific Ocean, covered in lush greenery, surrounded by aquamarine waters, home to an untouched coral reef teeming with...

Coffs Harbour: A sense of belonging

  For many of us of Indian descent here in NSW, Coffs Harbour holds a special place in our hearts. The work of the Sikh...

Census 2021: India third largest source of migrants in Australia

  India has become the third-largest source of migrants in Australia, according to the 2021 Census. Results of the Census released today by the Australian Bureau...