COVID-19 and my pregnancy

“I’m pregnant. I’m scared about all the uncertainties with coronavirus and COVID-19 around us. Will my pregnancy make me more likely to get to the virus? What will happen if I get COVID-19 while pregnant? What will happen to the baby? To me?

I am thinking about an abortion.”

Does this sound like you? Let us help you answer some of these questions:

What is Covid-19?

COVID-19 is a new illness that affects the lungs and breathing. It is caused by a new coronavirus.  Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after you are exposed to the virus.

Symptoms include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • trouble breathing
  • Headache
  • stomach problems (nausea and diarrhea)
  • loss of your sense of smell or taste

How does COVID-19 affect pregnant women?

Current reports show that pregnant women do not have more severe symptoms than the general public. But researchers are still learning how the illness affects pregnant women. Doctors urge pregnant women to take the same steps as the general public to avoid coronavirus infection.

How can COVID-19 affect my baby?

It’s too early for researchers to know how COVID-19 might affect a fetus. It is not likely that COVID-19 passes to a fetus during pregnancy, labor, or delivery, but more research is needed.

What should pregnant women do to avoid the coronavirus?

The virus spreads mainly from person-to-person contact. Pregnant women can take the same steps as other people to protect themselves, including

  • washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • cleaning hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth 
  • staying home as much as possible
  • staying at least 6 feet away from other people if you need to go out 
  • avoiding people who are sick
  • wearing a mask or face covering

If you are exposed or get Covid-19 contact your health care provider (ob/gyn) and let them know so they can guide you through appropriate steps and care.

Is it safe to see a doctor or visit a medical office right now about my pregnancy?

Yes. Our clinics are creating a safe and sterile place for you to get the holistic care you need. Our current protocols include patient screening, regular sanitation, face masks, and limited capacity. Three of our four Dallas clinics are open to patients today, serving Oak Cliff, Garland, Park Cities and surrounding areas. Make an appointment now.

Can COVID-19 pass to a baby through breast milk?

So far, the virus has not been found in breast milk. But, there is not enough information yet on whether women who are sick can pass the virus through breast milk. 

Breast milk gives babies protection against many illnesses. It also is the best source of nutrition for most babies. Talk with your ob-gyn or other health care professional about whether to start or continue breastfeeding. You can make this decision together with your family and health care team. 

For More details visit the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology at https://www.acog.org

If you experience symptoms of Covid-19, seek care immediately and testing at one of the sites below

Please inform us of your condition and testing results by emailing us at mhall@thrivewomensclinic.com

Dallas County COVID testing (as of May 10 2020)

Drive-Thru testing:

**Both drive-thru testing sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED at above locations. There are only 500 tests per day, per site. Locations will close when tests are depleted.

**Must be exhibiting the following symptoms to be tested at drive thru location:

  • Must have temperature of 99.6 or higher and shortness of breath or cough; OR
  • Anyone 65-years-old or older; OR
  • Anyone with chronic health issues (diabetes, asthma, heart issues, etc.); OR first responders, DART drivers, healthcare workers, grocery store and essential retail store workers
  • Parkland Hospital offers drive-thru testing by appointment only for current Parkland patients who meet the medically necessary criteria with a Parkland physician’s order

In Person testing:

  • Parkland Hospital location- appointments are required for current Parkland patients, contact COVID-19 Patient Line at 214-590-8060
  • MD Medical Group
  • MD Family Clinic, Bruton Location – 9709 Bruton Road, Dallas, TX 75217
  • MD Family Clinic, Marsh Location – 9991 Marsh Lane, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75220
  • MD Kids Pediatrics, Saner Location – 3201 West Saner Avenue, Dallas, TX 75233
  • Clinicas Mi Doctor, Seminary Location – 4200 South Freeway, Suite 106, Fort Worth, TX 76115
  • Clinicas Mi Doctor, Lewisville Location – 701 South Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville, TX 75067
  • MD Family Clinic, Irving Heights Location – 1111 South Irving Heights Drive, Irving, TX 75060
  • MD Kids Pediatrics, West Plano Location – 7800 Preston Road, Suite 300 Plano, TX 75024

According to the MD Medical Group, appointments are required for COVID-19 testing. Same-day appointments can be made by calling or texting 1-888-776-5252.