Pregnant during the coronavirus outbreak? Doctors say skip unnecessary appointments

By KYW Newsradio 1060

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — COVID-19 is scary for all of us, but it could be a bigger problem if you’re pregnant. 

If you’re pregnant, doctors advise to stay home — even skip all those doctor appointments.

Dr. Vincenzo Berghella, director of Jefferson Health’s division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, said research from China and around the world shows pregnant women who contract COVID-19 are at a higher risk of developing pneumonia — the same risk for pregnant women when they get the flu.

“When they get pneumonia, then they are at higher risk of several complications in pregnancy, such as miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, pre-term birth, caesarean delivery and, unfortunately, their babies are also at risk,” he said. “Risk of stillbirth, and admission to intensive care.”

He’s urging women to see their doctors through telehealth, except for visits where lab work and testing are conducted at weeks 12, 20, 28 and 36 and, of course, when labor begins. 

“Most visits, if not all, should be done by telehealth at this point,” he added. “We’re actually telling women if they can, they should just come in for labor or major complications like bleeding.”