While the coronavirus pandemic has been a nerve-wracking time for people of all walks of life, pregnant folks have had extra anxiety — worrying about their health and that of their fetus while navigating increased risks due to their pregnancy. Former Olympian Shawn Johnson East, who is pregnant with her second child, shared on Monday that she has tested positive for COVID-19, sharing the news and her concerns about it via her Instagram stories.
“Got my results back today and they came back positive for Covid,” Johnson East said, noting that the news comes after dealing with a Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) with her 15-month-old toddler and just days after her husband, Andrew East, shared that he had tested positive. “Not going to lie… I’m nervous knowing I’m positive…It’s been a long two weeks of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) with Drew and now this… my body is exhausted.”
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Opening up about what she’s experiencing so far, the 29-year-old shared her symptoms, which include “a cough, terrible sore throat and headache” as well as feeling fatigued (though she said the fatigue might be related to being pregnant.)
Further giving a glimpse at just a few of the anxieties going through her mind right now, Johnson East unpacked some of the different concerns her family has — from her preexisting conditions (asthma and pregnancy) to previous encounters with the virus in her circle: “I don’t want to get my family sick. 2: I have asthma and have had it my entire life so this scares me a little extra. 3: had a very close family member fight for his life last month while battling Covid, so it’s a serious topic of concern/hits home in our household.”
For pregnant people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that “Based on what we know at this time, pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and death, compared to non-pregnant people.” They add that pregnant people are at an increased risk for other additional adverse outcomes “such as preterm birth (delivering the baby earlier than 37 weeks).”
Johnson East closed out her story to urge people to exercise caution and to take extra care of themselves: “Not looking for any kind of [pity] party. Just a reminder to take care of yourself. Drink an extra water tonight and wash your hands.”
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