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Can My Baby Catch COVID-19 From Me? Can People Still Visit Me in the Hospital? How About My Hubby?

Some useful information for pregnant mummies in Singapore who are uncertain about how COVID-19 may affect their pregnancy.

First thing first, before you read this, if you are pregnant and suspect you may have COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing or any other respiratory conditions, please please please seek medical attention, contact a medical practitioner and call in advance of any visit. For clinics with testing capability click here.

One certainty during this COVID-19 period is that life goes on, and so does basic biology. If you’re expecting in 2020, or if you are fortunate enough to find out you are pregnant in the current months, you’re going to have a lot of questions, and likely a fair amount of anxiety. But again life goes on, and there are plenty of precautions you can take to have a safe & happy pregnancy and childbirth.

We’re a Singaporean company, so we'll focus this page towards mummies in Singapore but there will be take-aways for anyone reading this around the world.

Am I more likely to get to COVID-19 while I’m pregnant?

This virus is still very new to us humans, and we’re only just starting to understand how COVID-19 may affect the body of pregnant women. At the time of writing this article (24th April 2020) There is no official line from many of the major health organisations around the world which suggest pregnant women are more likely to catch coronavirus.

The WHO published this line on their website on the 18th April 2020;

“ present there is no evidence that they are at higher risk of severe illness than the general population.”

However, we must consider a couple of things.

1) the virus spreads as it spreads...meaning it’s just as likely to contact a mother to be as anyone else who is practising the same social distancing and hygiene actions.

2) Your immune system. The immune system changes during pregnancy so that it doesn’t respond to your baby that is growing inside you. For that reason, your immune response is less aggressive towards viruses, therefore, making some pregnant women more susceptible to viral infections.

There are other factors which are being considered by health organizations around the world such as reductions in the size of the chest cavity and the effect on the lungs.

Research is still underway, but as a precaution, you will want to make sure that you and those around you are practising proper social distancing and proper hygiene routines.

Can COVID be passed onto my baby in the womb?

This is one of the greatest concerns for anyone. You’ll likely know from your own experience...for Mama Bear, nothing is more important than their baby.

You’re not worried about getting sick for your own don’t want your baby to suffer.

As this is still a relatively new virus, the data and instances are still being studied to come to a conclusion on this.

According to The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists;

“Emerging evidence suggests that transmission from a woman to her baby during pregnancy or birth (vertical transmission) is probable. There has been a report of two cases in which this seems likely, but reassuringly the babies were both discharged from hospital and are well. In all previously reported cases worldwide, infection was found at least 30 hours after birth.”

In a case on the 14th March, a newborn was tested minutes after birth, with the result being positive for COVID-19. The mother also tested positive for COVID-19.

However, according to the NHS, also a UK health organisation,