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Dr Kaberi Banerjee, IVF Specialist and Director of Advance Fertility and Gynaecology Centre, New Delhi, speaks to india.com and share useful tips for pregnant and conceiving women’s safety during the pandemic times.
Precautions for pregnant women amid COVID: India is witnessing the second wave of Covid-19 and it is worse than what was faced by the people of the country in 2020. The fatality rate has spiked to over 4,454 reported deaths in a day, which is alarming. The second wave has also been severe on pregnant women. Due to the regular changes in the body’s functioning, the immunity of pregnant women is lower than usual which increases the risk of Covid-19 infections.
On the brighter side, cases of Covid-19 pneumonia are less severe in pregnant women with a high recovery rate. The risk of contracting severe illnesses increases more in the last trimester of the pregnancy and hence it is important to stay safe and secure throughout. This will be helpful not just for yourself and your baby but also for those who love you.
Transmission of Covid-19 in pregnant/conceiving women
While the above data suggest that the chances of transmission are low, there have been several instances in the second wave where pregnant women have themselves been affected. Hence, it is best to take all the necessary precautions.
Here are few very essential things that conceiving/pregnant women must keep in mind:
Vaccination for Conceiving Women
Studies reveal that virus cannot be transmitted from the mother to the baby through breastfeeding and hence with the benefit of reducing chances of contracting Covid-19, it is advised to all pregnant women get themselves vaccinated. This will ensure that you have a safety shield while you visit the hospital. Also, even after getting vaccinated, it is important that you follow all Cocid-19 precautions.
While the above tips will help you in developing a safety shield against Covid-19, remember that even beyond all this however difficult it may be, try and maintain distance from anyone who steps outside the house for work, home chores, etc. These small precautionary steps will save you and your baby from a lot of trouble.
— Inputs by Dr Kaberi Benerjee, IVF Specialist and Director of Advance Fertility and Gynaecology Centre, New Delhi
About Dr Kaberi Banerjee:
A seasoned Obstetrician & Gynecologist with more than a decade of experience in IVF infertility management, Dr. Kaberi Banerjee is renowned infertility and IVF specialist in Delhi & NCR. Dr. Banerjee is the Medical Director of Advance Fertility & Gynecological Center, New Delhi, and has handled more than 10,000 plus pregnancy cases so far. Her expertise lies in successfully handling complicated cases of repeated IVF failures, donor, and surrogacy.
International Exposure With Extensive Experience
Dr. Banerjee is an infertility and IVF Specialist, trained from the prestigious Guys and St. Thomas Hospital, London, where she went as a Commonwealth scholar and has spent three years in London (UK) doing rigorous training in the domain of infertility and IVF. She completed her MBBS and MD in Obstetrics & Gynecology from the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. She has done her membership from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (MRCOG), London, and is also a member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (MNAMS). She is actively involved in writing articles & columns in the international journals, scientific publications, and presentations for the IVF website and has been presenting at several International Conferences as an invited faculty.
She has worked as a Senior IVF Specialist in major corporate hospitals in Delhi and is the organizing chairperson of CUPART (Current Practices and Recent Advances in ART), an International organization aimed to facilitate the right treatment and research in fertility & IVF. The foundation was founded in the year 2011 by Dr. Kaberi Banerjee.