This year has been full of unexpected events and navigating the unknown. Maybe you have experienced a planned or unplanned pregnancy during this pandemic. Pregnancy can cause a mix of emotions from excitement to anxiety, and COVID-19 doesn’t help. We understand the questions and concerns you may have about contracting the virus during pregnancy. If you do catch the virus, remain calm. You may be wondering what the risks of COVID-19 are while pregnant. Here’s what you need to know.
What You Should Know
The general risk of COVID-19 to pregnant women is low, but pregnancy does increase the risk of severe illness and disease with COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, respiratory complications are more likely to develop for pregnant women. You are more at risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 if you have an underlying issue or any medical condition.
Research also suggests women who are pregnant with COVID-19 are at times more likely to have premature births and cesarean delivery. If you tested positive for COVID-19 and are pregnant, it’s important to get treatment from your health provider as soon as you can.
Symptoms of COVID-19 While Pregnant
COVID-19 is known mostly as a respiratory disease. Most symptoms could appear between 2-14 days after being exposed to the virus. Contact a health professional to receive support and care if you experience any of these symptoms. Pregnant or not, the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- Shortness of breath
Other symptoms seen in COVID-19 patients are:
- Sore throat
- Chills, which may sometimes occur alongside repeated shaking
- Loss of smell or taste
- Muscle aches and pains
Receive Support While Pregnant
If you need to confirm your pregnancy with free and confidential pregnancy testing or an ultrasound, we are here for you! We know how overwhelming a pregnancy can seem, but you are not alone. Our team at First Coast Women’s Services is here to support you along your journey. We offer free pregnancy services and education on all your pregnancy options.
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