It is 2021 and by now, the chances of people who aren’t aware of the deadly Coronavirus will be almost nil. While some of the countries are still facing the severities of this large epidemic, few countries including India are undergoing what is known as the ‘second wave!
The Coronavirus vaccination drive is in full swing, and so are the various waves of doubts, fear, questions, etc, among people including pregnant women and those considering pregnancy in the future.
That is why we at the best IVF Hospitals in Chennai have come up with this blog to clear out some of the doubts and concerns floating in the air.
FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
It is not necessary for pregnant women to have a regular checkup each month (except for some high-risk or serious conditions. Despite the new normal, lifting of lockdowns, and vaccines rolling out, we should be very cautious and must avoid unnecessary exposure.
For low-risk pregnant women, it is advisable to come for a pregnancy confirmation to check your intrauterine status around 6-7 weeks. After that, it is preferable to have their second visit during 12-14 weeks for the NT scan which is done to
– measure the Nuchal translucency
– know whether the baby has formed properly
– screen for Down syndrome
The third visit can be done around the 20th week for the Target scan which is done in order to check the structural normalcy of each organ of the baby. After that, further check-ups can be done once every 6-8 weeks interval depending on the patient and their body condition.
For other issues like cough, cold, urinary tract infections, white discharge, vaginal infections, heavy periods, irregular periods, etc., it will be wiser to avoid seeking a doctor in person and take advice through telemedicine or phone consultation for now. 313
FOR PATIENTS UNDERGOING FERTILITY TREATMENT
The unprecedented Coronavirus has also become a major threat to couples seeking infertility treatment in India. As a fertility patient, one must be willing to travel a lot as you will have to undergo lots of treatments such as Ovulation Induction, etc. Even though there is no evidence of Coronavirus having a negative impact on fertility treatments and their outcomes, the year 2020 saw a majority of couples postponing their plans of parenthood or worse not able to complete their fertility treatment.
If you are undergoing IUI treatment, it will require not once but around 3-5 times frequent visits.
Although Coronavirus came in the year 2019, it is relatively a new disease, everything is still going on a trial and error method; nobody can be 100% correct or confident about this. As mentioned before, there is no data as of now indicating complications caused by a coronavirus in pregnancy. Anything can be only predicted after the patient’s 4th or 5th month when the baby conceived is ready for the Target scan. But as far as concerned, there are no such cases of COVID having negative effects on the baby.
When it comes to IVF patients, they will require more visits after injection, anesthesia, etc. So many treatments will be done within 15 days, which seem uncertain and unsafe during these times. Looking at the risks, according to the best IVF Hospitals in Chennai it is better to postpone until the cases actually start reducing.
Till then, please stay at home and stay safe, and take care of your physical and mental health.