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Coronavirus: What do pregnant women need to know? | The Stream

The coronavirus pandemic is causing extra stress for many expectant mothers around the world.

One major reason for this is because health experts “are operating in a data-free zone” when it comes to pregnant women and COVID-19. Research is still pending on whether these women are more susceptible to catching the illness, and if contracting the virus could affect fetal health.

Compounding this fear of the unknown are strict social distancing guidelines. This has caused increased mental distress for women who are deprived of the support of loved ones and those who could benefit from helpful birthing and breastfeeding classes.

From a medical perspective, pre- and post-natal treatments are rapidly evolving to ensure the safest care. In some nations, regular checkups have moved online to prevent unnecessary hospital visits. In these instances, expectant mothers are taught to monitor fetal heartbeats and their own blood pressure – a change that may stick around for years to come.

In this episode we ask, what do pregnant women need to know about the coronavirus?

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