Coronavirus: Should You Avoid Becoming Pregnant During the Pandemic?

April 15, 2020

While many couples quarantine together across the United States, some say there may be a baby boom in nine months.

Today reported that if couples are trying to have children, they should be thinking about the risks as the pandemic continues to affect others.

Guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said there is "no clear answer" as to whether couples should wait until this is over to have a child.

Experts say the decision is entirely up to you and your partner, but you should have access to health care.

Dr. Christian Pettker, chief of obstetrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut and associate professor at Yale School of Medicine, said soon-to-be parents should consider that prenatal appointments are now available via telemedicine.

Hospitals across the country have limited the number of visitors a pregnant woman can bring to her appointments. Experts said it is essential to remember that your partner and family members may miss important milestones.

Dr. Katherine Kohari, associate medical director at Yale School of Medicine, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies, said expectant mothers might be on their own when receiving horrible news.

"We're doing the best we can to maintain normalcy and to support our patients," Kohari said

One of the many unknowns of coronavirus is if it may become a seasonal illness, like the flu. Women who are due in the winter may give birth during another outbreak. If you're trying to get pregnant and get sick with the virus, doctors report it would most likely happen during early pregnancy.

According to ACOG, data shows women who are pregnant are not at "increased risk of infection or severe morbidity," including ICU admission and death.

Soon-to-be parents should also think about social and economic concerns. Growing your family in a time where the economy is struggling will make things difficult.

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