The coronavirus pandemic has left us all with a lot of questions. Here, the Ovia Health clinical team answers your questions about COVID-19 and prenatal care.
What about my prenatal visits? Should I still attend all of my visits?
The short answer is yes, particularly for visits that involve an ultrasound, fetal testing, or are in the third trimester. For other visits, the answer is maybe, and depends on how much COVID-19 there is in your community. When in doubt, call your healthcare provider and ask, and consider asking her/him if it would be reasonable to do your prenatal visit by video or telephone. If you go, remember to handwash/sanitize after touching all of those doors/chairs/surfaces and wear a mask over your mouth and nose.
Sometimes healthcare providers designate one office location specifically for visits from patients exhibiting no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in order to reduce the risk of exposure in the office. Ovia suggested one approach to prenatal care in this article.
What’s happening with prenatal care in the U.S.?
Based on an Ovia survey of pregnant women in the United States, about 25 percent of prenatal care visits are being conducted differently – by telephone, video – or being canceled or rescheduled. Of course healthcare providers are still seeing patients who need to be seen. Care is available.
Don’t forget the flu.
During flu season, remember that the influenza virus still poses a serious risk to pregnant people. The seasonal flu vaccine is safe for pregnant people, so be sure to ask your provider about getting your immunization. The good news is that measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 also work to reduce the risk of catching any virus or bacterium.
Updated December 4, 2020