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CDC: Pregnant women at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19

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The CDC reports pregnant women with COVID-19 are more likely to be hospitalized and are at an increased risk of ICU admission than women who are not pregnant.

"When we think about people who have chronic medical conditions like high blood pressure or autoimmune diseases, pregnant women fall in that same 'high risk' category in terms of their risk associated with the coronavirus," Dr. Amy Richards, an obstetrics and gynecology specialist with Covenant Health, said.

Richards said pregnant women need to take the same precautions recommended to everybody.

"That's social distancing, good hand hygiene, washing your hands, wearing a mask to protect yourself from exposure," she said.

Pregnant women are also urged to stay home as much as they can. Richards said baby showers and other social gathering are better done in small groups or via video chat.

Richards said there is no evidence right now that a mother can transmit the virus to her baby in utero, but once the baby is delivered, a COVID-positive mother can give it to her baby.

"The CDC actually recommends that in a COVID-positive mother, the infant be separated from the mother for two weeks, which would have a huge emotional and psychological impact on the family," she said.

To avoid this, Dr. Richards urged expecting mothers to isolate themselves in the two to four weeks before they anticipate delivering.

 

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