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COVID-19 and Pregnancy Q&A

29 March 2020

1.

Women during #pregnancy should take same precautions to avoid #COVID19 infection as other people:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Keep your distance
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cover your mouth & nose properly when you cough/sneeze

Read more from @WHO: https://bit.ly/2J0YVoq

2.

Testing protocols and eligibility vary depending on where you live, but @WHO recommends that pregnant women with symptoms of #COVID19 should be prioritized for testing. Read more on #coronavirus & #pregnancy:. https://bit.ly/2J0YVoq

3.

It's still not known if a pregnant woman with #COVID19 can pass the virus to her unborn or newborn baby during #pregnancy or delivery. To date, the #coronavirus has not been found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk. Read more from @WHO: https://bit.ly/2J0YVoq

4.

All pregnant women, including those with confirmed or suspected #COVID19 infections, have the right to high-quality care before, during and after childbirth. Read more on #coronavirus & #pregnancy from @WHO: https://bit.ly/2J0YVoq

5.

A caesarean is not necessary unless otherwise medically justified. Obstetric indications & a woman's preferences should determine mode of birth, incl in cases of confirmed or suspected #COVID19 infections. Read more on #coronavirus & #pregnancy from @WHO: https://bit.ly/2J0YVoq

6.

Yes, women with #COVID19 can breastfeed. They should:

  • Wear a mask where available during feeding
  • Wash hands before & after touching their baby
  • Clean & disinfect surfaces they've touched.

Read more on #coronavirus & #pregnancy from @WHO: https://bit.ly/2J0YVoq

7.

Close contact helps a baby to thrive. Women with #COVID19 infections can breastfeed safely, wearing a mask where available. Wash your hands before & after touching your baby & keep all surfaces clean. Read more on #coronavirus & #pregnancy from @WHO: https://bit.ly/2J0YVoq

8.

Women who are too unwell to breastfeed due to #COVID19 infection should be supported to safely provide their baby with breastmilk in another way, including expressing milk, relactation or donor human milk. Read more on #coronavirus & #pregnancy from @WHO: https://bit.ly/2J0YVoq