Young pregnant woman wearing a face mask

Coronavirus and the Expectant Mom

Many are wondering what’s going on in the crazy times we’re living in. Some are concerned about their family and friends they love so dearly and are now separated from, and some are worried about what it means in regards to their jobs and their futures, and the futures of said family and friends. Though those are worthy concerns, what about the expecting mothers with their bellies growing bigger and bigger as each day passes? What’s to say about those entrusted with the responsibility of carrying our future generations that have yet to be seen and have a voice of their own? What does this mean for the many parents waiting to adopt these children formed in such uncertain times?

Though the information changes daily, even hourly it seems, with the help of the doctors who work around the clock, news outlets, and the web, there is still some hope and clarity admits all this confusion and political jargon that’s being thrown left, right, and center.

The virus was once thought to make pregnant women more susceptible to the virus as their immune system and physiology changes and can make them more susceptible to viral respiratory infections. However, those previous findings were proven to be false within two weeks of proper investigation, though the information is still limited. Many other rumors have also been disproven by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists from the United Kingdom and their studies as many false claims run rampant and only causing more discord and confusion.

Rest assured, parents-to-be. There has yet to be evidence stating that the virus can be passed to a baby during pregnancy or childbirth meaning that even if the mother was exposed to it, the child will remain safe. Breastmilk too has not been proven to carry the illness even if the mother contracts the illness, meaning that though extra precautions should be taken with a newborn as well as any child, the chance of the mother passing the illness onto the child after delivery isn’t as high as one might think. Also, respiratory infections are not easily passed from the mother to fetus in utero nor in delivery which further supports these findings.

With the general public taking proper precautions and preventative measures being encouraged such as self-isolation, washing hands often, and wearing masks when exposed to others, pregnant women should be safe as long as they continue with what’s advised to keep both their babies and themselves free from this illness. If this were not the case, health officials may put additional restrictions and enact more preventative measures for pregnant women in high-risk areas that have yet to commence.

In conclusion, what does this all mean for expecting mothers and the ones who will take the baton of raising up the next generation? It means that as we remain vigilant and disciplined with our hygiene, we can remain hopeful. As we continue to take precautions and do as we’re advised, all should be well. As always, more research is needed to properly conclude things with such confidence which is why it’s important to stay watchful about the current events as they change and how we can better equip ourselves with the information provided.

All we can truly do during times of such surging ambivalence is stay vigilant and ultimately trust in the Lord who assures us in His Word that He will provide all of our needs and keep His children, no matter how big or how so very small they are, safe.

Only love and respect goes to both the pregnant women who are carrying children in such an uncertain and scary time, as well as the loving adoptive parents who receive those children with open arms. May the Lord bless you wherever you go and grant us all strength and hope so that we may open our eyes to a better tomorrow.