COVID babies – have you or are you having one? What you need to know

Concerned about falling pregnant, carrying & birthing your baby during Covid-19?
Here are the facts from Royal Aust & NZ College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (RANZCOG). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🤰🏾Are pregnant women at increased risk of developing severe complications? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“Pregnant women do not appear to be more severely unwell if they develop COVID-19 than the general population.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
😰Is there an increased risk of miscarriage? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“For women who are trying to conceive, or who are in early pregnancy, there is no evidence to suggest an increased risk of miscarriage with COVID-19.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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😷Can I transmit the virus to my baby while pregnant? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“The virus may pass from the mother to the baby… There was no evidence of harm to the babies. Woman should remain reassured…that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 will harm your baby or cause abnormalities.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🤱🏼Can I still breastfeed if I am diagnosed? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“Women who wish to breastfeed their babies should be encouraged and supported to do so. At the moment there is no evidence that the virus is carried in breastmilk and, therefore, the well-recognised benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of transmission of COVID-19 through breastmilk…she should wear a face mask while feeding.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🤷🏽‍♀️Is there an extra need for C-sections, Induction Methods or Interventions? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“There is no evidence that caesarean section or induction of labour is necessary to reduce the risk… It is important to emphasise that a woman’s experience of labour and vaginal birth, or caesarean section, should not be significantly impacted & women should be encouraged, & supported, to approach this extraordinary time of their lives without fear or apprehension… Active mobilisation, use of water immersion in labour, & and epidural analgesia are not affected.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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*Cited from RANZCOG website
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