Coronavirus (COVID-19) and pregnancy

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and pregnancy

Here are some questions that patients have been asking in the past few days – we will continue to add to these and update our information as things develop:

Do I need to delay my treatment?

According the current evidence we have, pregnant women are no more susceptible to COVID-19 than other low risk populations.

Is there a risk of transmission from mother to baby?

Evidence is constantly being reviewed, but expert opinion is that the foetus is unlikely to be exposed during pregnancy (Chen et al)1

What would happen to me if I get infected by COVID-19?

Most women will feel mild to moderate flu-like symptoms. Cough, fever, shortness of breath are other symptoms.

What is the risk of me having a serious infection?

Your risk of having a serious infection is very low. More severe symptoms are mostly seen in older patients, or those with pre-existing conditions.

What is the risk to my pregnancy and foetus?

There are currently no data suggesting an increased risk of miscarriage or early pregnancy loss in relation to COVID-19. Case reports from early pregnancy studies with SARS and MERS do not demonstrate a convincing relationship between infection and increased risk of miscarriage or second trimester loss. As there is no evidence of intrauterine foetal infection with COVID-19, it is currently considered unlikely that there will be congenital effects of the virus on foetal development.

How can I help prevent the spread of infection, especially in relation to vulnerable population such as elderly and immunocompromised?

Please refer to updated guidelines from SA Health being renewed as new information becomes available.

You should take all universal precautions to prevent the spread of infection. Please avoid all unnecessary travel.

If you have come into contact with someone who has travelled overseas, please advise the clinic before your appointment. We will be able to offer advice and may organise a phone appointment with you. As you are aware, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

If you have a fever, cough or cold, please call our reception staff and avoid coming to the clinic. We will organise a phone appointment for you. Please also take advice from your GP.

Social distancing such as avoiding group functions, gathering in closed spaces, avoiding the gym etc may help reduce the community spread, and we may be able to contain the virus quickly.

If the Glenelg clinic or theatre closes due to an outbreak of COVID-19 and you are unable to proceed with egg retrieval, what would happen to my treatment cycle?

We understand your concerns and we have a contingency plan in place in order for your treatment to go on as smoothly as possible.

Want to find out more?

Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions about the information provided above.

 

Sources:
Chen, H., Guo, J., Wang, C., Luo, F., Yu, X., Zhang, W., Li, J., Zhao, D., Xu, D., Gong, Q. and Liao, J., 2020. Clinical characteristics and intrauterine vertical transmission potential of COVID-19 infection in nine pregnant women: a retrospective review of medical records. The Lancet, 395(10226), pp.809-815.