Coronavirus can affect anyone, but in pregnancy, it may create anxiety and panic to the expectant mother and her family members. Fortunately, there is no EXTRA risk for expectant mothers. The risk is equal or less than others. But as it is a new virus, further information is needed to make any conclusive remarks.
Usually, it does not cross the placenta, so vertical transmission is not seen. A newborn in China was affected but it was not sure whether it was a vertical transmission or contacted during or following delivery. Coronavirus infection in pregnant mother does not affect the weight of the baby. Only in two cases, the baby was born prematurely with low birth weight, cause of which could not be ascertained. It probably was not related to coronavirus infection.
Prevention is better than cure. So it is better for everyone not to go outside, using a mask if you must go out, washing hands frequently, avoid touching the nose and face without cleaning hands, drink lukewarm water, consume fresh vegetables and fruits, exercise, stay at home and pass a worry-free time. The expectant mothers should take the usual precautions rather than being anxious or panicked.
The author is a Professor of Paediatrics at Community Based Medical College, Mymensingh.