Confirmed COVID-19 cases may develop varying symptoms. What should be done at each stage and when is recovery determined?

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

COVID-19 in pregnant women

If you are pregnant and you've been infected with coronavirus, or if you have symptoms that may be consistent with COVID-19, you need to consult your primary care physician. Pregnant women infected with coronavirus are at risk for blood clots, especially if have additional risk factors, so you may receive clot-preventing treatment.

According to the information gathered so far, it seems that the virus is not transmitted to the fetus through the uterus and it does not affect the rate of miscarriages or congenital malformations. However, an increase in the rate of pre-term births and need for C-sections has been observed among pregnant women with risk factors who have been infected during the second or third trimester.

If you experience contractions or bleeding or if you feel a decline in fetal movement, consult your primary care physician over the phone or get evacuated to the ER in a Magen David Adom ambulance. During the ambulance dispatch call, you are required to inform the operator that the person requiring evacuation is a confirmed COVID-19 patient.

Breastfeeding with COVID-19

If you are sick with COVID-19 and you breastfeed, you can continue breastfeeding, since the virus is not transmitted by breast milk. Before breastfeeding, make sure that you sanitize your hands and your breast and cover your nose and mouth with a mask. When you're not caring for the baby or breastfeeding, keep a distance of 2 meters from the baby.

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