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Staying healthy in your pregnancy during these unusual times

Women’s OBGYNs in Atlanta and Alpharetta know that the newly discovered coronavirus, known as COVID-19 is at the top of many people’s minds. News stories, social media, and hearsay may have people scared and not sure who to turn to. If you happen to be expecting or are planning to get pregnant, you may have even more questions and concerns about the virus. We’ll answer some common questions and provide resources to help get you on the right track.

Q. What is the coronavirus?

A. The coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a newly discovered respiratory virus. This particular strain originated in Wuhan China, with the first documented case in the United States occurring in February 2020.

Q. What are the symptoms?

A. Symptoms of the coronavirus are similar to the flu. You may experience a slight fever, chills, a cough, and shortness of breath. Contact a health care provider if you experience these symptoms. If you have a women’s OBGYN but no primary care physician, your OBGYN can direct you to someone who can help.

Q. Are pregnant women more susceptible to the coronavirus?

A. It is important to keep in mind that this is a new virus, so we don’t yet know everything about it. However, pregnant women are in general more susceptible to respiratory illnesses, so you should take precautions to protect themselves from the disease. Women’s OBGYNs can help you with a telemedicine call if you have questions.

Q. How can I prevent myself from getting coronavirus?

A. There are many things you can do to help protect yourself from the coronavirus. First, limit contact with those who have traveled outside of the country recently or those who have been diagnosed. You should also wash your hands frequently and wipe down surfaces regularly. Your women’s OBGYNs can offer additional suggestions to help you protect yourself.

Q. Is it safe to breastfeed my baby?

A. Breastfeeding offers babies many benefits, such as protection from illnesses. As long as you are able to breastfeed, you can. If you have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, you and your women’s OBGYNs will discuss your options. The CDC also has guidelines in place for mothers who have been diagnosed, which your doctor will be able to go over with you.

Women’s OBGYNs in Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA

Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA women and expectant mothers who are concerned about the coronavirus don’t have to worry alone. Your women’s OBGYNs, Georgia OBGYN can help. Contact Georgia OBGYN via phone or email, or make sure to bring your questions to your next appointment.

For further information, check out these websites:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/pregnancy-faq.html

https://www.acog.org/Clinical-Guidance-and-Publications/Practice-Advisories/Practice-Advisory-Novel-Coronavirus2019

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