Pregnancy During COVID-19

By: Life's Choices|April 15, 2020

A positive pregnancy test during the best of times causes many different emotions. Feelings of excitement, terror and everything in between are common reactions whether or not the pregnancy was planned. But during this time of heightened fear and anxiety regarding the coronavirus, a positive pregnancy test, especially if unplanned, can cause a woman to panic. You may be wondering if you should continue the pregnancy with all the uncertainties in the world today.

Here are some questions you may have:

IS MY HEALTH AND MY BABY’S HEALTH MORE AT RISK IF I WOULD DEVELOP THE CORONAVIRUS?

The Center for Disease Control has a page dedicated to pregnancy and breastfeeding concerns about COVID-19. Another site with a bit more detailed information is from the UK.

To summarize:

  • Pregnant women do not appear to be more at risk than those who are not pregnant for getting seriously unwell if they develop the coronavirus
  • There is no evidence to suggest an increased risk of miscarriage in pregnant women who are infected with the virus
  • It is unlikely the virus would cause problems in the unborn baby’s development
  • Evidence shows that the virus is transferrable from mother to baby during pregnancy or birth. In all reported cases of a newborn baby developing the infection, the baby was well.
  • Pregnant women have been placed in the “more vulnerable” group because generally speaking some viral infections can be worse in pregnant women, something OB doctors have dealt with for years. However, there is no evidence to show that this is true of the coronavirus.

WILL I BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FINANCIALLY FOR MY BABY?

If you or your partner have recently lost your job, or if you are concerned about the declining economy, you may become fearful of taking care of yourself, much less a new baby. These are valid concerns, and we would love to talk to you about them.

Life’s Choices has many resources and referrals to help those with financial difficulties throughout Berks County, Pennsylvania and beyond. Even during this time of social distancing, we are able to provide online support and education with your own personal coach. Our “Healthy Start Baby Bundle” provides you with not only valuable information throughout your pregnancy but practical things like prenatal vitamins, diapers, formula and even a brand new car seat for your baby, all free of charge.

THE WORLD SEEMS LIKE SUCH A SCARY PLACE RIGHT NOW. DO I WANT TO BRING A CHILD INTO THIS MESS?

New moms throughout the ages have had these same thoughts and feelings. Suddenly you are not just thinking about yourself but a new life and future generations. While the thought of caring for a baby can cause anxiety about the future, more often a baby brings hope and joy into the life of his or her family. The human spirit is amazingly strong and resilient and can thrive even through difficult circumstances. At Life’s Choices we have seen many, many lives changed for the better as moms and dads have stepped up to be the best they can be for their child.

Whatever you are thinking or feeling right now, we would love to talk with you. A registered nurse on staff can help you find answers to your medical questions. Our client reps and coaches are available to listen, and direct you towards reliable information for any option you are considering whether it be parenting, adoption or abortion.

Our resources come from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and other medically accurate sources. Most importantly, since all of our services are free of charge, we do not financially profit in any way from the decision you make.

SOME FINAL THOUGHTS:

  1. Take a deep breath.

    You’re going to be okay. Take time to learn the facts and see what help is available. To quote Michelle Obama: “Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility.”
  2. Talk to someone you trust.

    If you are not ready to talk to your partner or family, or just want an unbiased perspective, we welcome you to give us a call.
  3. A test is only a test, it is not a confirmation of pregnancy.

    Only a doctor can diagnose pregnancy and this is often done through ultrasound. We can offer a confirmation ultrasound to qualifying individuals. Contact us to find out how to receive this free service at Life’s Choices.

While many feel isolated during this time of sheltering in place, please know that you are not alone. We are here for you and are ready to help. Please contact us today. You are safe with us.

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