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The decision to start a family has always been based on a number of factors, including fertility, health, and social and financial circumstances. Today, hopeful parents-to-be must also contend with the current reality of COVID-19. In this uncertain environment, many like you may be wondering whether you should delay trying to have a baby. The present answer is this: individuals and couples will have to use their best judgment to weigh the risks and rewards.
Does COVID-19 put pregnant women and their babies more at-risk? There are potential risks, but so far there have been no conclusive studies published about the effects of COVID-19 on pregnant women and their babies. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) advise caution for pregnant women, who they consider an at-risk population for COVID-19. The ACOG states that so far there has been no conclusive evidence that pregnant individuals are at an increased risk of infection or severe morbidity for COVID-19. There is also no conclusive evidence of the pregnant mother transmitting the infection to the baby during pregnancy, labor/delivery, or breastfeeding. In general, deaths among children and infants from COVID-19 are rare. The experienced staff at ACRM is available for guidance every step of the way to help you make the right decision for you.
Social, Emotional, Financial Factors
The impact of COVID-19 can also be felt socially, emotionally, and financially. There are factors that may also affect your decision about conception. Do you feel elevated levels of stress or anxiety due to the fears related to the pandemic, social distancing, isolation, or economic uncertainty? Will you have less support from family members and loved ones after the baby is born because of social distancing guidelines? With the uncertainty of the economy, will you be strained financially? All of these factors should be taken into consideration as you try to conceive a baby during the pandemic.
There is a high chance that if you get pregnant during COVID that you and your baby will be just fine, but there is the possibility of increased risk.
Protecting Against COVID
For women who are pregnant, the CDC recommends the following precautions to protect against infection:
To learn more about fertility treatments in the context of COVID, get in touch with our trusted fertility specialist Dr. Cecil A. Long at ACRM by calling 205-315-6951 or clicking here today.