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Pregnancy During The COVID-19 Crisis


Brian A. Bernick, MD, FACOG, is Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at TherapeuticsMD, Inc. He is a Board-Certified Obstetrician Gynecologist and Clinical Affiliate Associate Professor Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. vitaMedMD is a TherapeuticsMD company.


As an obstetrician gynecologist, I have spent the last 25 years focused on women’s health. Pregnancy can be a time of uncertainty, whether it’s your first child or if you are growing your family. Being pregnant in a pandemic only amplifies concerns. The COVID-19 health crisis has changed the way we live, the way we travel, and the way we interact with others. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, you probably have questions about COVID-19 and your baby.

How Does COVID-19 Affect Pregnancy?

Every day we learn new things about the COVID-19 virus: how it is spread, who is most susceptible, and how to treat those infected. It is not currently known if pregnant women are more likely to become infected. Pregnant women, however, may be more likely to experience severe COVID-19 symptoms.1

The most important thing you can do for yourself and your baby is to follow the guidelines provided by your healthcare provider. Do not skip your prenatal care appointments – either in-person or through online video calls, make sure you have at least a 30-day supply of your medicines, prenatal vitamins, and other essential supplies, and talk to your healthcare provider about how to stay healthy and take care of yourself during the COVID-19 pandemic.2

Protect Yourself1,2

To protect yourself and your baby, you should follow CDC guidelines for preventing infection.

  • Wash your hands often
  • Limit contact with other people as much as possible
  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces
  • Monitor your health daily

Maintaining Good Health for You and Your Baby

Pregnant women can stay healthy by following the usual recommendations during pregnancy, including:

Eating Healthy Meals—Continue to talk to your healthcare provider about what dietary guidelines you should follow during your pregnancy.

Exercising—Keep in mind it may be better to exercise at home than to go to the gym to help limit outside contact. Before starting any exercise regimen, consult your healthcare provider.

Taking Prenatal Vitamins—  vitaMedMD offers prenatal vitamins that provide options to meet a variety of patient needs and preferences – from our small all-in-one vitaPearl, to our vegan and kosher-certified vitaTrue, to our chewable RediChew Rx and our One Rx with Quatrafolic® for women with MTHFR mutations and difficulty metabolizing folic acid.

vitaMedMD also offers delivery directly to your door, which is especially important during this difficult time.

Produced under FDA manufacturing guidelines and with savings programs to help with costs, vitaMedMD Prescription prenatal vitamins are available for about the same price as over-the-counter drugstore brands.

Learn more

Every day experts learn more about COVID-19. If you want to stay up to date on what is being learned about this difficult disease and pregnancy, you can follow these helpful resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

If You Are Pregnant, Breastfeeding, or Caring for Young Children

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/pregnancy-breastfeeding.html

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Patient Resources and FAQs

https://www.acog.org/patient-resources/faqs/pregnancy/coronavirus-pregnancy-and-breastfeeding

Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health

A list of resources regarding COVID-19

https://www.npwh.org/pages/covid19

References

  1. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Coronavirus (COVID-19), Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding: A Message for Patients. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Patient Resources and FAQs. https://www.acog.org/patient-resources/faqs/pregnancy/coronavirus-pregnancy-and-breastfeeding

  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention If You Are Pregnant, Breastfeeding, or Caring for Young Children. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/pregnancy-breastfeeding.html

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