Aakanksha N Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, May 9
Motherhood is the most beautiful feeling in one’s life! But the pandemic has diluted the excitement and the journey of pregnancy for the expectant mothers. Since the beginning of the second wave, there is more fear among people, and the pregnant women are the most affected ones. Pandemic is taking a toll on their psychology too. Experts say that during the first wave, not many pregnant women contracted the virus, but this time, doctors have been dealing with 3-4 Covid positive patients every day. Recently, a Covid positive woman died five days after delivering the baby.
In May, till now, five Covid positive women have delivered babies in the Civil Hospital. All of them were C-section deliveries. Last month, seven children of Covid positive patients were delivered, six with C-section and one with normal delivery. Doctors shared that the pregnant women have been coming to them with a lot of apprehensions and concerns regarding their unborn baby.
Dr Varinder Kaur, Assistant Civil Surgeon, who was posted as senior gynaecologist at the Civil Hospital last year when the pandemic had just hit, said in 2020, she dealt with the Covid positive cases, but during the second wave, she has witnessed a rise in the number of cases, and the frequency has increased.
In this second wave, she is seeing young pregnant women contract the virus in the first semester. “This was not seen last year, this mutant strain is affecting the younger people and the severity of disease is more,” she said.
The Assistant Civil Surgeon said all these cases would be analysed and it will be seen later what effect the virus will have on the expecting mother as well as the foetus. “The severity and intensity of the virus is the same in the pregnant women just like any other normal human being this time,” the doctor said.
Gynaecologists have been providing counseling to the pregnant women in these testing times. There is panic among the pregnant women. “So, our work is to assure them and motivate them not to take any stress,” said a gynaecologist.
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