Egg donation clinic New Life specialists know everything about surrogacy. How did the coronavirus pandemic affect infertility treatment? We will try to answer this question here.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a severe test for anyone. The majority of the population is well informed about how to minimize the risk of coronavirus infection, how not to get sick yourself and not become a source of danger to others. But what about pregnant women? How compatible are surrogacy and coronavirus? Given the dangerous environment, is it possible to be sure of the mother’s and child’s safety? Or maybe it’s better to give up on the idea of surrogate pregnancy?
What Should Pregnant Women Know about Coronavirus?
Despite the disturbing news, scaring us with the terrible statistics of the sick and dead, about 80 percent of people recover without special treatment. Moreover, many people with a positive reaction to COVID-19 don’t feel any fever, nor dry cough, nor tiredness. People over 60 years old with weakened immunity, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes fall in the high-risk group. Pregnant women are technically always included in the vulnerable group. Why? Are pregnancy & coronavirus incompatible? Let’s figure it out!
Age, Pregnancy and Coronavirus
Note that there are no 60+ women among surrogate mothers, and therefore we can exclude old age as a factor aggravating the course of the disease. This is good news.
Immunity, Pregnancy and Coronavirus
The woman’s immune system is not stable during pregnancy. The immune status changes depending on the gestational age. There are at least three such steps. At the early stage, the female body’s immune system adapts to a foreign body (the embryo). Then comes a long period of stability. Then the body changes again closer to childbirth. It appears that fluctuations in the immunity of a woman who has caught COVID-19 can increase the risk of complications that are dangerous for the health of the mother and child.
A positive test for the coronavirus and symptoms of the disease are a reason to self-isolate and keep in touch with your doctor.
Diabetes, Pregnancy and Coronavirus
Gestational diabetes is a disease that requires special attention during the entire gestation period, even without taking into account COVID-19. Moreover, social contacts should be minimized and caution should be exercised during a pandemic.
Baby, Pregnancy and Coronavirus
When surrogacy and coronavirus come together, how can it harm the baby? According to the available statistics, in pregnant women diagnosed with COVID-19, the coronavirus was never detected in the newborn, in amniotic fluid, or in breast milk.
How to Prevent COVID-19 Infection in Pregnant Women
The good news is that, unlike the flu, there is no information that indicates that pregnant women are more at risk of catching the novel coronavirus than other people, or get significantly sicker. But there is no doubt that the complications from COVID-19 are dangerous for any person, including pregnant women. Many of them live with partners, children, parents. Everyone who comes into contact with a pregnant woman is obliged to take care of her safety: keep social distance, and follow the recommended personal hygiene measures.
The prevention rules are the same for all, including pregnant women:
- Keep your hands clean. Wash them after touching foreign objects as often as possible. Use ethyl alcohol, special antiseptics, and regular soap.
- Being among strangers, keep a safe distance of at least two meters. Beware of sneezing and coughing people as well as accidental touches.
- Don`t touch your face, eyes, nose, or mouth. Mucous membranes, unlike skin integuments, are more saturated with blood vessels and instantly absorb everything that gets on them – this is both useful and dangerous.
- Sneeze and cough covering your face with a napkin. If you have no napkin, hide your face in the bend of your elbow. Feel free to demand this from people who cough or sneeze nearby.
- If you feel unwell, stay at home, contact your family doctor and follow their instructions.
How to Use a Mask
The World Health Organization recommends the use of masks only for sick people and those who are in contact with patients. During a pandemic, no one can be sure that there are no carriers of the coronavirus nearby, or that they are not carrying the virus themselves. This means that everyone without exception should wear a mask outside the house.
The rules for using the mask are simple:
- Disinfect hands before putting on the mask. Use ethyl alcohol or another liquid antiseptic.
- Hold the mask to your nose and mouth. Remove gaps between the mask and face.
- Don’t touch the mask when wearing it. If this happens, wash your hands.
- As soon as the mask becomes wet from your breath, change it. The mask can’t be reused.
- When removing the mask, don’t touch the fabric. Once removed, put the mask in a closed container. Treat your hands with an antiseptic.
Following the recommended precautions will help you minimize the risk of catching the coronavirus during pregnancy. Egg donation clinic New Life specialists show maximum attention to patients regardless of the epidemiological situation.