2022, Cilt 9, Sayı 3, Sayfa(lar) 274-283
Diagnosis, Treatment, Follow-Up Processes of Pregnant Women Diagnosed with COVID-19 and Their Approaches to the Disease
1Dr. Öğr. Üyesi, Fenerbahçe Üniversitesi, Ebelik Bölümü, İstanbul, Türkiye
2Prof. Dr., Koç Üniversitesi, Hemşirelik Fakültesi, İstanbul, Türkiye
Keywords: Covid-19, nursing, pregnancy

Aim: This research was conducted to determine the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up processes of pregnant women diagnosed with Covid-19 and their approaches to the disease.

Material and Methods: The retrospective descriptive study was conducted with 68 pregnant women who were followed up due to Covid-19 in a district of Istanbul. The data were collected through an assessment form and analyzed using descriptive statistical methods.

Results: It was determined that pregnant women were mostly infected in the second and third trimesters, were diagnosed by tomography and swab tests and experienced the most common symptoms of weakness and cough. Pregnant women were isolated at home for more than 15 days, and almost half did not receive medical treatment. They stated that they felt fear and helplessness most frequently. Half of the pregnant women stated that they went to pregnancy follow-ups less often and preferred cesarean delivery, while nearly half of them reported that they disrupted their pregnancy-related procedures. Most of the pregnant women stated that they plan to breastfeed their babies.

Conclusion: It has been determined that pregnant women infected with Covid-19 could not benefit from the routine monitoring and practices of pregnancy during this period, needed mental support, and moved away from the idea of normal birth. It is recommended that nurses start alternative methods such as online monitoring for pregnancy follow-up and counseling services.