Newest concerns pregnant women face amid coronavirus pandemic

Data on the impact of coronavirus in pregnant women is very limited
Posted at 6:37 AM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 06:37:38-04

There are two major hospital chains in New York City currently blocking spouses and partners from maternity rooms to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to CBS News.

Expectant mothers have concerns about the virus, including CBS News correspondent Nikki Battiste, who is nine months pregnant.

Data on the impact of coronavirus in pregnant women, fetuses and newborns is very limited but new information is coming in each day.

"What we know, at this point, is that pregnant women do not seem to get any sicker once they get COVID-19 than the general population," Dr. Laura Riley told CBS News.

Riley said the flu is still more dangerous for pregnant women. Doctors saythey believe coronavirus doesn't pass from mother to baby through the placenta or breast milk, but that it's too early to tell if there are concerns for women in early pregnancy, like miscarriage or birth defects.

One of the most concerning parts for expecting mothers is just having to wait and see what affects are to come, if any at all.

"I think the concern for a newborn is whether or not they will contract the infection after mom delivers," Riley said.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said "pregnant patients should follow the same recommendations as the general population," which includes wearing a mask if she has the virus or symptoms.

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