Covid-19: Infected pregnant women should be monitored at home

Pregnant women must "keep the surveillance recommended by their doctors, including performing ultrasounds and laboratory tests"

Pregnant women with covid-19 positive asymptomatic or with mild complaints should preferably be monitored at home, according to a standard to be published and referred to today Carlos Veríssimo, director of the Obstetrics-Gynecology Service of Hospital Beatriz Ângelo (Loures), at the conference press release of the General Directorate of Health.

"If there are conditions for this, we must maintain a remote daily monitoring [through teleconsultations] of their [pregnant] clinical evolution, ensuring that necessary trips to health centers, offices or hospitals are avoided," he said.

On the same occasion, Carlos Veríssimo announced that pregnant women will be considered a priority for testing Covid-19, whenever risky contacts are identified, even if they do not have symptoms.

According to the board member of the College of the Specialty of Gynecology-Obstetrics and the College of Competence in Differentiated Obstetric Ultrasound of the Medical Association, "pregnant women must follow the advice on hygiene and social restraint recommended by the DGS and must maintain care of prevention, research and diagnosis similar to those of the general population'.

Carlos Veríssimo reinforced that these women have to maintain the surveillance recommended by their doctors, including ultrasounds and laboratory tests.

In the case of pregnant women with covid-19, childbirth should be done in isolated rooms and should be kept "as few as possible," he said, adding that "third-party monitoring is not recommended at all."

The doctor also said that epidural analgesia is strongly recommended in the case of pregnant women with covid-19, in order to avoid “general anesthesia as much as possible”.

According to data provided by the doctor, there are currently 60 pregnant women, with 230 births per month, XNUMX per day. We can "infer that eventually, according to the incidence rates we are aware of, we would have six symptomatic infected pregnant women, that is: one to two births for every thousand infected."