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The community is encouraged to help prevent the spread of illness and to support the response to this outbreak by staying informed and sharing reliable information. This is a very fluid situation and information will be updated at www.snohd.org/ncov2019 and the Health District’s social media channels.

COVID-19 Resources for Snohomish County pregnant & postpartum families & their caregivers 

A message from Perinatal Mental Health Taskforce of Snohomish County Mother Hugging her Daughter

The COVID-19 pandemic is a source of stress, anxiety, and fear – especially when misinformation is circulating. This stress, combined with social isolation, can trigger the onset of new or worsening mental health symptoms including acute stress reactions, anxiety, depression, or mood changes. Expecting parents are especially vulnerable to mood and anxiety disorders. The pregnancy and postpartum (perinatal) periods are very important and challenging at the best of times. Social isolation, although necessary to slow the spread of the disease, can put parents at greater risk for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). Approximately 1 in 7 women experience mental health conditions during pregnancy and after giving birth, and 1 in 10 men experience mental health conditions during their partner’s pregnancy and after. You’re not alone. There is help. PMADs are temporary and treatable. 

Please read the entire document at https://www.snohd.org/DocumentCenter/View/3713/Resources-for-Pregnant-and-Postpartum-Families?bidId= . You will find a list of helpful resources.

COVID-19 PREGNANCY AND BREASTFEEDING INFORMATION

Woman Breastfeeding her Baby

Our families may have many questions about the virus that is specific to pregnancy and breastfeeding. Per CDC, so far, it does not seem that pregnant women have a higher chance of getting infected or for becoming seriously ill anymore than the average adult. However, CDC is recommending that pregnant women continue to take precautions to protect themselves from getting sick and to stay healthy. Transmission to your unborn child is also unlikely. Though the virus has not been detected in breast milk, once born, babies can get infected through person-to-person transmission. Here’s more information on the CDC website for pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as tips on how to breastfeed your baby if you get infected https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/pregnancy-breastfeeding.html