Frequently Asked Questions on Covid 19
by Mums to be and young mothers

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

FAQs on Covid-19 by mums to be and young mothers

Are pregnant women at higher risk of
developing COVID-19?

Research is currently underway to understand the impacts of COVID-19 infection on pregnant women. Data are limited, but at present there is no evidence that they are at higher risk of severe illness than the general population.

However, due to changes in their bodies and immune systems, we know that pregnant women can be badly affected by some respiratory infections. It is therefore important that they take precautions to protect themselves against COVID-19, and report possible symptoms (including fever, cough or difficulty breathing) to their healthcare provider.

I am pregnant. How can I protect myself against COVID-19?

Pregnant women should take the same precautions to avoid COVID-19 infection as other people. You can help protect yourself by:

  • Washing your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Keeping space between yourselves and others and avoiding crowded spaces.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Practicing respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

If you have fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Call before going to a health facility and follow the directions of your local health authority.

Pregnant women and women who have recently delivered – including those affected by COVID-19 - should attend their routine care appointments.

Can I touch and hold my newborn If I have
Covid-19?

Yes. Close contact and early, exclusive breastfeeding helps a baby to thrive. You should be supported to.

  • Breastfeed safely, with good respiratory hygiene;
  • Hold your newborn skin-to-skin, and
  • Share a room with your baby

You should wash your hands before and after touching your baby, and keep all surfaces clean.

Can Covid-19 be passed from women to her
unborn or new born child?

We still do not know if a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus to her foetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery. To date, the virus has not been found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk.

Do pregnant women with suspected or confirmed
covid-19 need to give birth by caesarean section?

Yes. WHO advice is that caesarean sections should only be performed when medically justified.

The mode of birth should be individualized and based on a woman’s preferences alongside obstetric indications.

Source: Who.int

Breastfeeding

I have Covid-19 and am too unwell to breastfeed
my baby directly? What can I do?

If you are too unwell to breastfeed your baby due to COVID-19 or other complications, you should be supported to safely provide your baby with breastmilk in a way possible, available, and acceptable to you. This could include:

  • Expressing milk
  • Relactation

Can women with COVID-19 breastfeed?

Yes. Women with COVID-19 can breastfeed reast feed if they wish to do so. They should:

  • Practice respiratory hygiene during feeding, wearing a mask where available
  • Wash hands before and after touching the baby
  • Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces they have touched

Source: Who.int

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Important Notice

Breast milk is best for babies. At Danone India, we support breast feeding and believe that breast milk is the best food for babies as the sole source of nutrition for the first 6 months of life and is recommended to be continued until 2 years with the introduction of appropriate complementary foods after 6 months of age.