INFECTIONS IN PREGNANCY: IF THE MOTHER IS INFECTED, IS THE BABY INFECTED?


COVID-19 Coronavirus Pregnancy-Choline Update

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) advises that babies of pregnant women who are exposed to COViD-19 coronavirus may have problems in their brain development. These pre-birth problems can lead to future mental Illnesses. The CDC predicts that COVID-19 may cause a maternal inflammation, similar to many other coronaviruses. The inflammation attacks the placenta and affects its support of the baby’s brain development. A recent supports the ability of higher levels of choline to protect the baby’s developing brain from inflammation from most viruses. Choline supplements work best if taken as a precaution before infection, preferably beginning at conception. Choline does not prevent mothers from getting coronavirus, and we cannot be sure that it will protect the baby as it does for other viruses. The best advice is to avoid infected people and use good hand washing.  We will update advice as more information becomes available.


 

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