A study published on Monday had some hopeful news.
Chinese researchers published the findings of a study following four pregnant women with COVID-19 in the medical journal Frontiers in Pediatrics on Monday. All four women gave birth to full-term infants. The babies were isolated from their mothers after being born. Of the four infants, researchers were given permission to test three of them for the virus and of those three, none tested positive for the virus.
"None of the infants developed serious clinical symptoms such as fever, cough, diarrhea, or abnormal radiologic or hematologic evidence, and all four infants were alive at the time of hospital discharge," according to the study. This is most definitely positive news even if it isn't definitive.
Another small study also gives hope.
Another study published earlier in March in medical journal The Lancet followed nine pregnant women who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 late in their pregnancy. The focus of the study was to "investigate the possibility of intrauterine transmission of COVID-19 infection." Researchers tested amniotic fluid, cord blood, and neonatal throat swabs at birth to determine "the possibility of intrauterine fetal infection." All the samples they collected tested negative for the virus.
But what about newborns who have tested positive for COVID-19?
Although, the findings of the two studies we shared are hopeful, you might be wondering about stories we've shared with you before about a newborn in England who tested positive for COVID-19 just minutes after birth or an infant in China who tested positive 30 hours after birth. In both those instances, it remains unclear whether the babies contracted the virus before being born, during the process of being born, or after having been born. Also, the studies we shared were conducted on women who delivered via C-section, so the findings don't necessarily apply to women who give birth vaginally.
Also, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends pregnant women get a flu shot.
Although the flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women, only one-third of pregnant women get it, says Dr. Iffath Hoskins. It's important that pregnant women get it not just to protect against the flu, but also because as Dr. Hoskins, who is an OB/GYN at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York reminds us, "Every cough is not coronavirus." It could be the flu or even allergies. If you get the flu shot when you are pregnant and you get a cough, you can rule out the flu as a cause, and help doctors narrow down the possible cause.