- Take measures to protect yourself and your baby from COVID-19 exposure.
- Practice good cleaning habits to stop the spread.
- Keep up with your all your appointments and care treatments.
These times are uncertain and new to all of us. We want to give you some helpful advice on how to protect you and your baby from COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says pregnant people may be more at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and may be at a higher chance for pregnancy complications. Just like everyone else, babies can be infected when close to someone that has COVID-19. Luckily, most babies that have tested positive had mild or no symptoms and fully recovered.
Take Protective Measures
Here are our recommendations:
- Limit your interactions with people outside your household. While it is difficult missing your loved ones, avoiding other people is the best way to protect you and your baby from COVID-19. Instead, schedule time with loved ones to talk on the phone or video chat.
- Social distance when you have to go out. When out in public it is important to social distance. Keep at least 6 feet between you and other people whenever possible.
- Wear a cloth face covering. You can buy a cloth mask or use any type of cloth that covers your nose and mouth. Wearing a mask not only helps protect you but also those around you. Never put a mask on a child under 2 years old because they could suffocate.
- Keep a go-kit with you with a cloth mask, tissues, and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Good Cleaning Habits
The CDC recommends frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you are not home, hand sanitizer is the next best thing. Wipe down surfaces you may touch a lot such as doorknobs, steering wheels, or cell phones regularly with antibacterial cleaner. Avoid touching your face. Make sure to clean your mask properly.
Scientists don’t believe COVID-19 can spread through breast milk. However, it’s a good idea to take precautions during feedings. Wash your hands before every feeding. Don’t share pumps or pump parts with anyone else, and thoroughly clean them after feedings. Wear a mask as you breastfeed if you are worried you may have COVID-19.
Keep Up With Care
Going into a hospital or provider’s office may seem like a risky thing to do right now, but skipping them is not the better choice. Routine prenatal, postpartum, and pediatric appointments are important opportunities for your providers to check in with you to help keep you and your baby healthy.
Pregnancy and postpartum can be an overwhelming time, especially during a pandemic. Your provider can make sure you are getting any needed mental health care and support.
Never delay emergency care due to fears about COVID-19. If you or your baby needs emergency care and you suspect one of you has COVID-19, call the hospital or urgent care center before going to let them know.
What If I Get Sick?
If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19 and are pregnant, call your provider within 24 hours. If you are sick and have a newborn, talk to your child’s provider about the best way to protect your baby. Find other family members who can help you care for your baby while you recover. Wear a face covering, try to stay at least 6 feet away from your baby as much as possible, and wash your hands frequently.
If you need to breastfeed but are concerned you have COVID-19, you can wear a mask and use the cleaning methods above to help protect your baby. If you have a partner or another caregiver who is not infected, they can do skin-to-skin with the baby to compensate for the time away from you. Bonding time with a caregiver can keep your baby happy and healthy while you get better. As long as you are not severely ill, you can still care for your baby even if you have COVID-19.
Check out our tool kit for more tips on staying healthy!
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