The Minnesota Department Of Health, along with other health experts, are reminding pregnant women to be extra safe during the pandemic and reduce their risk of COVID-19 infection.
It comes after an update on how the virus could potentially affect those who are pregnant.
Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that pregnant women might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant people.
According to the CDC, there might be an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, like preterm birth, of those who are pregnant and have COVID-19.
Due to those increased risks, it’s recommended that pregnant women do not skip prenatal care appointments, they should limit interactions with other people as much as possible and take precautions if it’s unavoidable.
Also, the CDC says that those who are pregnant should make sure to have at least a 30-day supply of medicine, to talk with a healthcare provider about staying healthy, and seek care immediately if they feel sick or have a medical emergency.
Additionally, health experts recognize that the pandemic can cause increased stress, leading to strong emotions that can be overwhelming. So, it’s important to maintain emotional health, and seek knowledge on coping with stress and anxiety.
Resources for that, and more tips for those who are pregnant, can be found on the CDC’s website at CDC.gov/coronavirus.