Pregnant during the pandemic? Here's what you need to know

Doctors at Women’s Care in Springfield told KEZI 9 News that they're limiting in-person appointments and using telehealth whenever they're able to.

Posted: Apr 30, 2020 6:32 PM
Updated: Apr 30, 2020 7:31 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- There is no evidence that pregnant women are at a higher risk of catching the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, a woman's immune system is lowered during pregnancy, making them more susceptible to illness in general.

Doctors at Women’s Care in Springfield told KEZI 9 News that they're limiting in-person appointments and using telehealth whenever they're able to.

Although the CDC doesn't have enough data to determine if a mother can pass the virus to her baby while pregnant, they said it can be transmitted once they're born.

That’s why separating the baby and mother may be recommended to protect the infant's weak immune system.

However, Dr. Catherine York told KEZI 9 News that we should be pleased with the way our community has been taking social distancing seriously.

“We haven’t had a positive in a pregnant patient in Lane County yet,” York said. 

York said patients are tested for the virus once they are admitted to the labor unit.

Many expecting mothers who have given birth before told KEZI 9 News that despite the pandemic, they're not as anxious as they were first time around because they've been through it before.

They said they feel for those first-time mothers who don't get to have the normal experience.

“I feel like I haven’t been in (the clinic) in so long I feel like I’m going into this pregnancy blindfolded," first-time mother Maya Hodgins said.

Hodgins said the limited amount of in-person appointments she's had is unsettling. However not being able to bring in her husband with her is even worse.

Hodgins said going through a pandemic during her first pregnancy is nothing she could've prepared for.

“It is going to be really hard on me because I was going to have my parents come and help the first month. Me being a first-time mom and being by myself is going to be hard,” Hodgins said.

However she told KEZI 9 News that the time she'll get with her baby once he is born will be worth all the fear and anxiety.

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