COVID-19 is causing panic literally worldwide. We’re under stay-at-home orders, social distancing rules, and need to regularly wash our hands. The fear is real. Doctors aren’t sure how the virus is spread, so everyone is at risk. What if you have symptoms and then suddenly discover you are unexpectedly pregnant? Can you get an abortion and have COVID-19?
If you have any of the following symptoms, it’s essential to contact your doctor right away. Pregnant or not, the virus can have severe consequences, and you need to be proactive.
If you are experiencing the last two signs, you need to dial 911 immediately.
Although there isn’t a lot of information available, being pregnant and contracting COVID-19 does not appear to affect the fetus. Studies have shown, so far, the virus isn’t spread from mother to baby. However, complications from the flu, such as dehydration and pneumonia, can be severe. In some cases, even fatal. Because pregnancy can change a woman’s immune system, a pregnant woman is at higher risk for complications and more likely to be hospitalized.
Any time you have the flu, a severe cold, fever, trouble breathing (like COVID-19), or any other medical condition, you need to notify your doctor before having any medical procedure. If you have a fever for over 24 hours (temperature of 100.4° or higher), you need to seek medical attention before scheduling an abortion. You may be required to take specific medications or follow other instructions beforehand. Always ask your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medicines. Products such as Tylenol, aspirin such as Excedrin or Bayer, ibuprofen like Motrin, or other medications such as Sudafed and Dayquil are not automatically considered safe.
If you are not sure what to do about your unexpected pregnancy, contact Palm Beach Women’s Clinic. We recommend three steps before you make any decision:
Make an appointment with a member of our staff. We can discuss abortion procedures and your future.