Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2017 - California
I haven’t seen much of anything about Coronavirus and pregnancy when searching online. It seems like it’s too early for there to be reliable medical info/guidance but am just curious if anyone here has received any advice/guidance from their doctors. All the news seems to suggest that it’s just a matter of time before it spreads widely to the US (where I live) and presumably the same could be said for other countries that haven’t yet had a major outbreak. I am still TTC after 2 MCs and a chemical pregnancy last year and it’s been about 5 and a half months since my last MC. My insurance plan essentially says I may be eligible for IVF after 6 months of TTC without a pregnancy (and chemicals don’t “count”) since I am 35, nearly 36 at this point. I am gearing up to reapply for IVF coverage in a couple of weeks (to hopefully do a retrieval with my April or May cycle) and the Coronavirus news has got me wondering. There is a lot of speculation in the media that an outbreak will mean we have to self quarantine or avoid unnecessary trips outside the home. I guess this is all premature to think about and there’s no way to know what will happen unless and until an outbreak happens here, but just wondering if anyone has heard anything from your OB or fertility clinic. I guess the advice at this point would just be try to avoid close contact with people (impossible for me to fully since I use public transportation to go to work) and hope for the best if you are pregnant and get sick since there is no treatment and no one really knows what the impact would be on the pregnancy? I suppose if there is a true outbreak where people are told to stay home then fertility clinics would need to consider closing for a period of time since people wouldn’t be able to get to them anyway. I know being pregnant and having any kind of illness would be scary but this seems so out of the ordinary and unprecedented. I guess there has to be some precedent, though not sure what that is.
Post # 2
I actually looked into this last night, after reading the CDC announcement. The few, small studies, on pregnancy and coronavirus say that you can’t pass the virus in utero and that children and pregnant women are actually shown to be less likely to contract the virus. Those that are contracting it tend to be mid 40’s-60’s, and those that have died generally have had other conditions causing complications. It made me feel a little better, although that’s obviously awful for the victims. As for whether a clinic would close? That certainly could be possible, but I tend to not focus on things I can’t change, soooo ?
Post # 3
Omg I am glad you started this thread…I was just thinking about how this could effect ttc since will doing a fet this summer! I tend to think way ahead too….but unfortunately I dont think anyone knows how this will go! I met with my RE next month…I was gonna ask her what her thoughts were. I travel for work sometimes by plane and of course I am wondering I should still do that if I become pregnant!
This makes me feel so much better that it cant be transfered inutero!!
Post # 4
Are you changing your TTC plans because of the flu? Cause the flu has killed 14,000 people in the US so far this season.
Post # 5
- Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse
I was also going to mention the Coronavirus is way less deadly and widespread than the flu. It’s not really anything to worry about.
Post # 6
Coronaviruses are essentially upper respiratory tract infections of varying severity (like a cold or influenza), so I don’t see why it would have any different impact on pregnancy (i.e., the risk to the fetus is from your fever, dehydration, etc.).
As a mom to 2 premature newborns (with an immunologist father), I’m way more concerned about the flu, especially given all the idiots who don’t get their flu vaccine.
Post # 7
I forget where it was from but a pregnant corona virus infected mother gave birth and the baby was not infected.
Post # 8
It’s not something I’m worried about, as we look ahead to TTC. It’s already dying down in China. Outside of the initial province, which is apparently noted for it’s sub-par medical care, it’s not proving to be especially dangerous to healthy adults (same as the flu). I tend to be a huge worrywart (I worried a lot about Ebola), but what I’ve read hasn’t especially scared me. I’m much more worried about the flu.
Post # 9
dying down in China? Who is releasing this info, the communist government? Sadly it’s not getting better.
Post # 10
I’m glad to see that pregnant women don’t seem to be more susceptible to coronavirus. I haven’t been overly concerned but will be flying a few times this year and was wondering if it would potentially be an issue (since pregnancy do impact the immune system).
Thanks for posting this.
Post # 11
Flu is far more widespread, but I thought I read it kills .1 % compared to about 2% for corona virus, making corona far more deadly IF you actually were to contract it. That said, so far, the death rate is much less than 2% outside of China, but still, I believe, a bit higher than the flu. Could be due to better medical care and fewer cases. It also seems to be more contagious than flu, with one patient infecting more people.
I also read that it can’t be transferred in utero, but of course that doesn’t mean the mom can’t get sick enough to cause issues with the pregnancy. But as mentioned, it seems to be less prevalent and severe in younger people.
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2017 - California
I wish I had your perspective, it’s so much healthier! I do worry about things I have no control over. I try to stay in the moment though and trying not to get too carried away. I am naturally a worrywort. For those who mentioned the flu, I always get the vaccine and even though I know it doesn’t always work or work against all strains each year, no I am not worried about it. This seems different based on how governments are reacting to it though. I am not worried per se, I just wonder about it because it is being discussed in a very different light than the flu or other illnesses. Perhaps becusse it is new and there is no vaccine or treatment.
Post # 13
Coronavirus is more deadly than the flu with respect to the mortality rate: if you get it, you’re much more likely to die. Estimates of the fatality rate for the coronavirus are generally between 1-3.5%, whereas the flu recently has tended to be 0.1% or less (much less where I live according to official statistics). There are also plenty of recorded deaths for younger people despite the fatality rate for this population being lower than people aged over 60.
We can expect the mortality rates in developed countries to rise as medical resources become more stretched (about 20% of coronavirus patients have serious illness – there are only so many ventilators in hospitals).
Personally, I’m considering postponing TTC based on the coronavirus because of risks during pregnancy to pregnant women, who are generally somewhat compromised for most viruses. Currently the sample size of pregnant women studied is too low to draw conclusions from. It also appears that patients can develop serious illness weeks after the initial symptoms – we just don’t know that much about the full course of this virus yet.
Another TTC concern of mine is job security based on the huge economic consequences that the outbreak will have. For people in the education, retail, financial, travel, hospitality or consumer discretionary sectors, pain lies ahead.
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2019 - City, State
I am newly pregnant and I (and my physician husband) are somewhat concerned. As OP mentioned it is predicted to spread very widely and there isn’t much data on outcomes for pregnant women. While flu is more of a present threat the vaccine at least confers some immunity. I have seen mixed perspectives in the journals on expected impact on pregnant women & fetuses / newborns. A study with 9 women in China who gave birth showed fine outcomes but these women were all very late third trimester, not earlier. MERS and SARS, which are also Coronaviruses but had higher mortality rates than COVID-19 caused a lot of trouble for pregnant women. I dont feel the data right now is good enough to say that it won’t cause problems for women, particularly earlier in pregnancy. I’m not freaking out about it but I may end up canceling some international travel (I am in the US) depending on how it progresses.
Post # 15
The studies that the CDC cited did not find instances where the virus was transmitted in utero. That does not mean that it cannot be transmitted in utero – the current literature is inconclusive re: vertical transmission.
Not trying to be negative – it’s just very important that we don’t share inaccurate information about global health emergencies.