Is Covid-19 More Heavy in Pregnant Women?

The addition of the risk of seasonal diseases to the widespread Covid-19 infection with the winter months is another worry for expectant mothers.

Because they worry that both their babies and their own health will be endangered in case of a possible infection, even at night they can miss their sleep. Acıbadem Kadıköy Hospital Gynecology and Obstetrics Specialist Dr. Sinem Demircan stated that as the immune system is somewhat suppressed during pregnancy, expectant mothers can catch respiratory infections such as influenza and influenza more, but it is possible to avoid the risks of both Covid-19 and seasonal diseases with simple but effective measures to be taken. disease brings along psychological problems such as anxiety and depression as well as respiratory tract infection. Expectant mothers are already susceptible to such psychological problems due to the physiological and psychological changes brought about by pregnancy. Therefore, while expectant mothers take measures to protect themselves from Covid-19, they should not neglect to get support if they need psychological support. " says. Gynecology and Obstetrics Specialist Dr. Sinem Demircan answered 6 questions most asked by pregnant women during the pandemic process, and made important warnings and suggestions.

QUESTION: Is Covid-19 infection more severe during pregnancy than non-pregnant women?

REPLY: Scientific studies so far reveal that the course of the new coronavirus disease in pregnancy is similar to non-pregnant women. In other words, being pregnant alone does not include the person in the risky group, nor does it worsen the course of Covid-19 infection, according to current studies. Most women who are Covid-19 positive have been found to have mild illness. This makes up about 85 percent of patients.

QUESTION: Covid-19 infection may be more severe in pregnant women in which group?

REPLY: If the expectant mother has chronic diseases independent of pregnancy, the infection can be severe. If we list these diseases; diabetes, hypertension, advanced stage asthma, heart diseases, cancer, sickle cell anemia, chronic liver diseases and chronic kidney diseases. Covid-19 infection can be severe in pregnant women with such chronic diseases.

QUESTION: Does Covid-19 infection cause miscarriage?

REPLY: Gynecology and Obstetrics Specialist Dr. Sinem Demircan said, “Since it is a new disease, the data we have is not sufficient to be precise. However, research so far has not shown that Covid-19 infection is a cause of miscarriage in pregnancy. " says.

QUESTION: If there are complaints in pregnant women, it should be suspected that it will be Covid-19 positive?

REPLY: Findings of Covid-19 infection are similar for the whole population, whether pregnant or not. So; Among the symptoms, we can list symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, cough, common muscle pain, and fatigue. No different findings have been identified for Covid-19 infection in pregnant women. Moreover, symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath are less common in pregnant women than in non-pregnant people.

QUESTION: Covid-19 causes a change in the type of birth in positive pregnant women?

REPLY: Covid-19 infection does not change the mode of delivery. Pregnant women with Covid-19 infection can give birth by normal delivery or cesarean section. The method of delivery is decided according to medical necessity. Painless birth can also be performed with epidural analgesia in pregnant women who are positive for Covid-19. In this way, frequent breathing due to pain is prevented and the possibility of transmission of infection to healthcare workers is reduced.

QUESTION: Can chest radiography and computed tomography be performed during pregnancy? Does it harm the baby?

REPLY: Gynecology and Obstetrics Specialist Dr. Sinem Demircan said, “In Covid-19 infection, chest radiography and low-dose computed tomography can be performed in pregnant women to evaluate lung findings. During the shooting, the shooting is performed safely by protecting the abdominal region of the expectant mother with lead plates. says.

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