Dr Aarthi Bharat, consultant in obstetrics and gynecology at maternity hospitals, shares with us some signs that pregnant women should watch out for in connection with the Covid19 infection.
While we were still grappling with the pandemic and trying to lead our lives accordingly, we were hit by the second wave. Therefore, we have to realize that Covid is not going to go away anytime soon and unfortunately the second wave has had a pretty serious impact on children and pregnant women. There are so many new variations and different types of fungal infections that the situation is quite volatile. COVID has a different impact on everyone and it affects pregnant women as well. In this situation, pregnant women should be vigilant and careful.
Why are pregnant women prone to lung or lung disease?
Reports have shown that around 80 percent of pregnant women suffer from shortness of breath. It is a very normal reaction of the body with all the changes that we go through. Early in pregnancy, your body begins to go through changes, including increased oxygen and nutrient requirements as well as hormonal changes. Among these, there is also the increase in the volume of blood that the heart will have to pump, thus causing a slight shortness of breath. Shortness of breath can also be seen in the latter part of pregnancy when your uterus squeezes your abdominal organs and pushes them upward, causing pressure on your diaphragm and decreasing the inflation space of your lungs in the rib cage. Along with this, being pregnant in general can cause anxiety and further increase lung irregularities.
COVID impacts pregnant women
Now that we’ve seen that pregnant women already suffer from lung or respiratory issues during pregnancy, it might be easier to understand why pregnant women might be at greater risk. Even though a pregnant woman does not have asthma, shortness of breath during pregnancy has an impact on the lungs and Covid as we know it has a direct impact on the lungs. It also has an impact on other parts, but it is mainly the lungs that are affected.
5 signs to catch Covid early:
They must know how to detect the first signs of Covid if they have contracted it, so as not to have a serious illness and end up being hospitalized.
1. Be aware that you have a bad cough or body aches, as this could be a sign that the virus is infesting the body.
2. Watch out for chills going through the body and possibly a sore throat.
3. They may not have the usual symptoms like fever or shortness of breath and may also face abdominal pain.
4. Some patients may present to labor for the scheduled delivery and it is only after delivery that they begin to show symptoms of fever. However, the way it presents itself causes confusion and delays in testing, as doctors may think this fever is caused by postpartum reasons. So if you have a fever after giving birth, stay away from people and get tested as soon as possible.
5. We see that most Covid patients who are pregnant are asymptomatic with a mild fever. So women should watch out for a mild fever and take precautions if they think they have covid.
If you see any of these signs in your body, or if you notice that your baby’s movements have decreased, contact your doctor as soon as possible. Try to stay calm if you have Covid, as stress can impact the baby. Doctors recommend taking at least 5 kicks per hour so that you know the baby is there and active. Last but not least, get yourself vaccinated as soon as possible as this will help you avoid a severe case of covid and protect you.
About the Author: Dr Aarthi Bharat, Obstetrics and Gynecology Consultant at Motherhood Hospitals.
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