Deciding to try for a baby is a monumental decision — one that’s suddenly been made a whole lot more complex by the coronavirus pandemic.
So is this the time to try and get pregnant? Or would it be wise to hold off?
HuffPost Parents spoke to two OB-GYNs about trying to conceive during a global pandemic. Here’s what they think you should consider before making a decision:
There are so many unknowns.
It’s been months since the first case of the new coronavirus was detected in China, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made it clear that there is still not much scientific research available on COVID-19 — the disease caused by the virus — and pregnancy at this point.
Health experts do not know if pregnant people are more likely than others to come down with the virus. They also don’t know if they’re more likely to have severe symptoms if they do become infected — nor do they know if getting sick with COVID-19 during pregnancy could hurt the baby in any way.
“We don’t know a lot,” Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale University, told HuffPost.
... but there *are* some reasons to be cautiously optimistic about pregnancy and COVID-19.
“We don’t seem to see transmission to the fetus, which is great,” Minkin said.
That means if someone who’s pregnant gets COVID-19, the evidence we have so far suggests that it’s unlikely they would pass the virus on to the baby during pregnancy or delivery.
Similarly, there’s no evidence that the virus enters breast milk — though Dr. Daniel Roshan, a high-risk maternal-fetal OB-GYN in New York City, said there may be some times when breastfeeding isn’t necessarily the best idea.
“If a woman has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, it’s recommended that she express her milk and feed the baby indirectly so she doesn’t breathe on her newborn,” he told HuffPost.
All that said, pregnancy can lead to some pretty big immune system...