Delay pregnancy plans during corona pandemic: Expert

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Dr S. Padma, Sr Consultant, Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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 postpone planning pregnancies 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, says Dr Padma.

Pregnant women also have to exercise extreme caution to 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.

Hinting that hospital visits may increase risk of exposure, Dr Padma stated, "Both the mother and the infant are at the same risk as the general population of getting infected.”

“We would advise that eager would-be parents hold off trying to get pregnant till the situation becomes a little more stable,” she added.


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