Original Article From NBCDFW.com Published April 22, 2020
Like most moms-to-be, Salma Grado is excited and a bit nervous expecting her first child.
Pregnancy always brings mixed emotions, but anxieties have been heightened by the unknowns surrounding the coronavirus.
“It’s a really unsettling time to be pregnant especially with your first child,” said expectant mother Salma Grado.
She’s been wearing a mask for weeks and limiting her exposure to people to keep her and her baby healthy.
When news first broke about the coronavirus, Grado went online to search for information regarding what effects the virus could have on her health and baby and found very little information available.
“It’s been really challenging to watch the stress on our pregnant patients,” said Dr. Jeff Livingston, OBGYN and CEO of MacArthur Medical Group in Irving.
“This is an unknown virus so there are unknown questions.”
It’s why Livingston and other North Texas OBGYNs, neonatologists and pediatricians are partnering with Cedar Health Research and Aspen Insights to track real time data of their pregnant patients and babies.