Watch Out, Pregnant Women May Develop More Severe COVID-19 Side Effects


Motherhood is one of the most fulfilling parts of becoming a woman. The power to conceive and bring life into the world is one of the many things why you should be proud as a woman. This incredible yet non-easy challenge of bearing a child gets riskier as the threat of the coronavirus continues to put everyone at risk of dangerous COVID-19 side effects.

Since the discovery of the novel coronavirus, many nations across the world had their economy and their healthcare systems challenged with the inclining number of people contracting the deadly virus.

As the world continues to do its best to control the spread of the coronavirus, the other dangers and risks of many groups of people are being discovered by scientists. 

Pregnant Women and COVID-19 Side Effects

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When pregnant, the body changes. Also, when the expecting mother’s health is at risk, so does the child in her womb. It means that during the COVID-19 pandemic, pregnant women should be careful and as much as possible refrain from doing non-essential travels. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, pregnant women are at a high risk of getting severe COVID-19 side effects compared to other non-pregnant individuals. It means that pregnant women should be more mindful of their health during the pandemic.

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They need to limit or prevent going to public places to prevent infection. Additionally, pregnant women should ensure that social distancing and proper handwashing is explained to all the members of the family. This way, the family can be protected from contracting the virus and infecting any other members of the family. 

Some of the COVID-19 side effects include fever, cough, and fatigue. Other side effects include shortness of breath, sore throat, chest pain, and a runny nose. Some may even experience nausea and diarrhea.

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How Does the Coronavirus Harm The Mother and The Baby

There are still no exact details as to how COVID-19 affects the baby inside the womb. As of now, there are still no studies conducted to monitor the baby inside the COVID-19 positive mother during the nine months of pregnancy. The reason for this is that the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was recently discovered and scientists are yet to find out its side effects to fetuses when pregnant women get infected with the virus. 

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