As the new coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads around the world, the lines between fact and fiction are increasingly becoming blurred, particularly due to misinformation, or online sources giving unofficial advice which is then casually shared, online and unmoderated.
Mother and baby groups, and parenting groups are often citing sources that lead to misinformation, meaning that parents and prospective parents are unnecessarily overwhelmed trying to understand what is best for their families.
The Cord blood collection company, Smart Cells, provides the most up to date advice for pregnant women and their families when it comes to news and research on how the new coronavirus can affect them. Official advice by the UK government for pregnant women and babies concerning coronavirus is thin on the ground, because there simply has not been enough time to carry out detailed research.
A recent study, however, carried out in Wuhan, China, the centre of the outbreak, of pregnant women infected with the virus has confirmed that it may not spread during pregnancy.
The study was limited and they were able to observe 9 women between the ages of 26 and 40 who were infected with the new coronavirus. The research was led by Professor Zhang Yuanzhen of Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in China, and he stated that all of the pregnant women had contracted pneumonia as a result of the viral infection and were in late stages of pregnancy. It is said that they have all recovered from the disease following treatment with antibiotics and oxygen. Six of these also received antiviral treatment. However there have been cases in the UK press where pregnant women have been badly affected by contracting the virus – evidently more UK research and guidance is needed if we are to ever come out of the nation wide lock down.
Guidance is being published by the Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland for healthcare professionals on how best to handle coronavirus in pregnancy, including the effects on pregnant women and fetuses, as well as advice for those who have been exposed, travel advice and postnatal management.
This terrible pandemic has led to anxieties in mothers to be and those in advanced stages of pregnancy. Stress is most definitely to be avoided where possible for pregnant women.
An invaluable resource if therapy and counseling for anyone who is struggling with anxieties relating to Coronavirus.
Such resources can help keep pregnant mothers relaxed and reassured putting in place methods and systems to help keep calm when anxieties peak. The reality is that for the vast majority of people Coronavirus has mild or no effects and can be treated at home.
Obviously the first port of call for anyone suffering symptoms will be their doctor, but many will not have symptoms but still suffer anxiety relating to the virus. The lock down and social distancing can mean face to face therapy sessions will not be possible, so phone counseling is much more preferable. Phone counseling can be easy to set up and help alleviate worries or concerns for mothers to be.