Is it safe or even possible to get pregnant with Covid-19 still running around?
published : 9 Jul 2020 at 11:00
The Excellent IVF Center at Thonburi Bamrungmuang Hospital is asked such questions every day. And the answer is ‘yes!’
Is it safe to have an IVF treatment when there are no COVID-19 vaccines yet? Does physical distancing necessarily mean the end of a relationship?
Many families planning to have children this year have been asking such questions. They have been wondering if they should wait before they start a pregnancy until there is a vaccine for the virus.
“The COVID-19 pandemic, which has dragged on for over half a year now, has affected decisions to enter parenthood in many families,” observes Pawan Limvorapitux, M.D., a doctor at Excellent IVF Center, Thonburi Bamrungmuang Hospital.
Deterred by concerns over, among other things, how the virus could affect the safety of the baby in the womb, how the prospective mother has to be especially prepared physically, and how commuting to the hospital during pregnancy could be less than convenient, several families have put their plans to have a baby on hold and chosen to wait until the discovery of COVID-19 vaccines.
Asked if it is necessary to wait until the discovery of COVID-19 vaccines to have a baby, she says: There has so far been no medical report, either domestically or internationally, indicating that pregnant individuals are more adversely affected by COVID-19.”
“While there were cases of COVID-19 infections in pregnant women in other countries,” she continues, “they were not reported to have displayed more severe symptoms than other groups.”
“Although they exhibited coughing, fever, shortness of breath, headache, loss of the sense of smell, they recovered and returned to their normal lives. So, despite concerns some people may have, getting pregnant during this period isn’t scary and doesn’t pose particular risks to the baby.”
On the contrary, Dr. Pawan proposes, the period has actually presented a perfect opportunity for many families wishing to have a baby. While working from home and maintaining social distance from others, family members have more time to spend together and strengthen their relationships. Many also experience less stress from work and commuting. That gives them more free time to cook, exercise, and improve their overall health.
Nevertheless, despite the increased time together, some couples have not succeeded in starting a baby and have been wondering whether they may be clinically considered infertile.
Treatments for infertility in reproductive medicine such as IVF (in vitro fertilization) and ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) can only be part of the answer. This is because in addition to cutting-edge medical technology, another key factor determining the success in getting pregnant is the preparedness and holistic health of both partners.
The Excellent IVF Center at Thonburi Bamrungmuang Hospital treats infertility with state-of-the-art technology and utilises various branches of medicine to promote holistic wellness and improve the preparedness of both men and women wishing to have a baby. Clinicians specialising in infertility help each couple learn about their ovulation cycle and test them for any possible genetic disorders or other risks.
In tandem, Excellent IVF Center helps ensure that their health is optimal through diet, vitamin supplements and essential pre-pregnancy medications and vaccines. All treatments are naturally administered under the supervision of a team of specialists who care for both partners simultaneously to maximise the success rate.
Those interested can find more information at www.thonburibamrungmuang.com or call 0-2220-7999.